Photo: Parliamentarians from Uganda, Nepal, Congo, DRC, Senegal, Cameroon, Madagascar, Vietnam, Nigeria and Sierra Leone draft a parliamentary declaration expressing their commitment to sustainable immunization financing.

Mike McQuestion, Ph.D., M.P.H., served as Director of Sabin's Sustainable Immunization Financing program from 2007-2016. Prior to his work with Sabin, Dr.

Countries Showcase Innovations for Sustainable Funding of Immunization at Kathmandu Conference

KATHMANDU, NEPAL — July 19, 2016 — The Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program today assembled senior officials from 21 countries to share their successes in increasing government budget allocations for national immunization programs. Greater political commitment and advocacy are building the momentum needed for countries to fully finance their immunization programs by 2020 and achieve the goals set forth in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP).

Immunization is one of the most cost-effective ways to save lives – preventing over 2 million child deaths each year.

The first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa was held this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference brought together government officials, advocates, religious leaders and partner organizations from across the continent, with ministry speakers from a dozen African countries.

In June 2015, immunization officials from Senegal, Mali and Cameroon came together in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss expenditure tracking mechanisms used by countries to improve budget accountability for immunization.

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