Liberia

Liberia is pursuing financial sustainability for its immunization services through legislation and expenditure tracking. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began its efforts in Liberia in November 2008.

Immunization Program Structure

Liberia’s Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is located in the Preventative Services Division, Health Services Department, Ministry of Health & Social Welfare (MOHSW).

Liberia’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Kenya

Kenya is pursuing financial sustainability for its immunization services through a new financing arrangement. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began its efforts in Kenya in October 2008.

Immunization Program Structure

Kenya’s Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is in the Immunization Division, Department of Family Health, Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MOPHS).

Kenya’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Cameroon

Cameroon is pursuing financial sustainability for its routine immunization services through new financing arrangements, budget advocacy and resource tracking. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began its efforts in Cameroon in October 2008.

Immunization Program Structure

Cameroon’s Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is a division within the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Cameroon’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Legislation

Even if political will exists, legislative guarantees of publicly provided vaccination are sometimes lacking or insufficient, and few countries have up-to-date legislation. Ideally, a vaccination law should contain a range of provisions, including means of EPI financing, vaccine procurement mechanisms, vaccination regulations.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s southwestern city of Matadi, a review of the country’s Comprehensive Multi-Year Plan (cMYP) for immunization for 2011-2015 took place from August 20-25.

Cambodia

Cambodia is pursuing financial sustainability for its immunization services through legislation. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began its efforts in Cambodia in December 2008.

Immunization Program Structure

Cambodia’s national immunization program (NIP) is located in the Health Directorate, Ministry of Health (MOH).

Cambodia’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Legislation for Sustainability

SIF Program Inputs

Vaccine Advocacy and Education

The Vaccine Advocacy and Education program at Sabin is dedicated to reducing the burden of preventable diseases by bringing together key stakeholders and leaders in government, private sector and civil society in order to foster cooperation, share information and best practices, and develop improved vaccine policy and access.

The latest in the series of SIF briefings for parliamentarians in Sierra Leone took place 6th June in the Hotel Bintumani Complex in Aberdeen, just outside Freetown.

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