Sabin Foundation Europe
As a partner of the U.S.-based Sabin Vaccine Institute, Sabin Foundation Europe, a UK-registered charity, led efforts in the United Kingdom and across Europe to promote proven, cost-effective solutions to the world’s most pervasive, and least understood, health issues.
From 2011-2017, Sabin Foundation Europe mobilized political will and funding in the United Kingdom and across Europe to combat diseases of poverty. The Sabin Foundation Europe trustees and staff are proud of its history of advocating for control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) through treatment programs, research and development, as well as prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases through increased access to vaccines.
Sabin Foundation Europe played a significant role in NTDs and immunization advocacy efforts in the United Kingdom. Through policy and advocacy support to the UK Coalition on NTDs, All – Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and NTDs and the UK Gavi Civil Society group, Sabin Foundation Europe played a key role in the creation and mobilization of political will and parliamentary champions to end NTDs and increase global access to life saving vaccines. Sabin Foundation Europe contributed policy and programmatic evidence in briefing papers to inform parliamentary debates on NTDs, research and development, as well as a UK parliamentary delegation to Uganda to see firsthand country progress on sustainable domestic financing for immunization programs. Through effective policy advocacy collaboration with UK partners, global health networks and direct engagement with the Department for International Development, Sabin Foundation Europe supported the mobilization of UK Government leadership and increased political will for NTD efforts. In 2011, the UK Government announced a five-fold increase to its NTD budget, followed by a doubling of NTD investments in 2017 to £360 million through 2022.
In collaboration with Sabin Vaccine Institute and other organizations, Sabin Foundation Europe helped build a movement in the United Kingdom and across Europe that has succeeded at bringing several NTDs to the brink of elimination, mobilizing nearly £130 million to fund treatment programs, generating political will among endemic and donor countries and engaging the public.
With leadership from the Sabin Foundation Europe Board of Trustees, the Foundation supported the creation of the Sabin City Group, a movement of global corporate citizens from UK private sector working to raise awareness and public will to end NTDs. Members of the Sabin City Group raised almost £50,000 to support NTD treatment programmes in India and Guyana.
During the six years Sabin Foundation Europe was engaged in the fight against NTDs, progress accelerated at a historic pace. In a 2017 report, the World Health Organization announced that more people were receiving NTD treatment than ever before in history – an estimated one billion people each year. A strong network of global health organizations is prepared to carry this work forward.
Sabin Foundation Europe's Work in Action:
UK Member of Parliament (MP) Jeremy Lefroy urged international action to combat neglected tropical diseases during a Parliamentary debate in 2012. Mr. Lefroy is also the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and NTDs (APPMG) and a former member of the Sabin Foundation Europe Board of Trustees.