Diseases

The Sabin Vaccine Institute works to extend the benefits of immunization to all people by enabling vaccine access and uptake. Sabin brings together national government officials, policy makers, immunization specialists, researchers and advocates to supply decision makers with the data and expertise they need to make evidence-based decisions on vaccines. Our work includes a number of diseases, including:

Supporting Evidence-Based Decisions

Vaccine introduction, policy and financing are complex issues, and countries must achieve ambitious immunization targets with limited available resources. To make informed decisions for the health of their people, decision makers need accurate, up-to-date information to identify vulnerable populations, assess burden of disease, evaluate vaccine efficacy and cost-effectiveness, and measure the efficiency of immunization programs.

Council Members

  • Ciro A. de Quadros, Co-Chair, USA
     
  • Orin Levine, Co-Chair, USA
     
  • Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Pakistan
     
  • Lulu C. Bravo, Philippines
     
  • Sergio Cabral, Brazil
     
  • Ron Dagan, Israel
     
  • Calil Farhat (in memorium), Brazil
     
  • Jesus M. Feris, Dominican Republic

  • Javier Garau, Spain
     
  • Najwa Khuri-Bulos, Jordan
     
  • Keith P. Klugman, USA,

World Pneumonia Day

The fourth annual World Pneumonia Day was held on November 12, 2012. World Pneumonia Day was launched in 2009 by a broad coalition of public and nonprofit organizations—including the Sabin Vaccine Institute and PACE—to mobilize efforts to fight a neglected disease that kills more than two million children under age five every year.

Call to Action

Pneumococcal disease kills 1.6 million people each year – including 800,000 children under the age of five - and is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. Vaccines are available now to safely and effectively protect children and adults against most pneumococcal infections. With increased awareness about this disease, and a commitment to purchase and deliver pneumococcal vaccines to children around the globe, we can save an estimated 5.4 million children’s lives by 2030. 

Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE)

The Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE), a project of Sabin launched in 2006, focused on pneumococcal disease awareness and prevention, and worked through a variety of mediums to drive forward pneumococcal awareness and advocacy efforts. Working with more than 100 professional medical societies around the globe, PACE informed policymakers about the global threat of pneumococcal disease and worked to secure commitments from countries to combat the disease.

Pneumococcal Symposia

Pneumococcal disease is a deadly infectious disease that kills 1.6 million people each year, including 800,000 children under age five. Global awareness of this deadly disease, however, remains low. Sabin convenes the world’s leading experts in epidemiology and other key public health professionals at regional and country-level symposia, including the Regional Pneumococcal Symposium. Developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the U.S.

When discussing public health campaigns and disease prevention, most people want to immediately jump to the solution – we want a vaccine, a cure, a narrative – so we can stop the cycle of disease and suffering. But we must remember to crawl before we walk, and this cliché could not ring more true than in the world of disease monitoring and surveillance, particularly for a disease like pneumococcal, a deadly bacterial infection that kills more than 1.6 million people annually, including half a million children.

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