Pictured above: Nepal's President, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, with Sustainable Immunization Financing Senior Program Officer Devendra Gnawali, and delegates from Rotary International/Nepal: Mr. Rabindra Piya, Rtn. Ram Prasad Bhandari, Rtn. Rabindra Jang Thapa, Rtn. Gopal Pokhrel and Rtn.

Senator Sefiu Adegbenga Kaka was one of the prime movers behind the drafting and passage of the Nigeria’s National Health Bill, passed in February 2014.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, more than doubled its immunization budget from 2010-2012 and that budget continues to grow.

By: Jonas Mbwangue, Senior Program Officer, Sabin Vaccine Institute Sustainable Immunization Program

This post is part of our World Immunization Week blog series. Stay tuned for more blogs highlighting the benefits of immunization and the work Sabin is doing to support immunization programs worldwide. 

Passing through a leafy neighborhood of Brazzaville, we turn into the well kept confines of the national immunization program. Each office is named for its function: Surveillance, Statistics and Data Management and so on.

Indonesia

 

Health system and EPI Program

Indonesia launched its national immunization program in 1977. The program progressed steadily. The country has been polio-free since 2006. Maternal and neonatal tetanus has been eliminated from 87% of the country.  Measles is targeted for elimination by 2018, rubella by 2020. The Ministry of Health has set a target of 100% full immunization coverage by 2014, a target all but 1% of jurisdictions have achieved. WHO and UNICEF estimate that 81% of children were fully immunized in 2012.

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