On December 10, 2012 Nepal’s Rotary International District 3292 formed a Nineteen Member Executive Committee to manage and increase the size of the country’s immunization fund . The fund was established by the Rotary Club of Kathmandu North to explore domestic resources for immunization.

Last Friday, Sabin sponsored a meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal to discuss the establishment of a fund to ensure sustainable immunization financing in the country.

On January 23, Mongolia held its first ever National Parliamentary briefing on sustainable immunization financing (SIF). SIF Senior Program Officer Khongorzul Dari reports that the meeting was a big success.

Since its inception, the SIF Program objectives have been consistent: To help countries increase their immunization budgets and to pass legislation assuring sustainable government immunization financing in perpetuity.

Vietnam

Vietnam is pursuing financial sustainability for its immunization services through expenditure tracking and legislation. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began efforts in Vietnam in October 2012.

Immunization Program Structure

Vietnam’s Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is located in National Institute for Hygiene & Epidemiology (NIHE), Ministry of Health.

Vietnam’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Uganda

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

Immunization Program Structure

The Ugandan National Expanded Program on Immunization (UNEPI) is located in the Directorate of Clinical and Community Services, Department of National Communicable Disease Control, Ministry of Health (MOH).

Sri Lanka

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

Immunization Program Structure

Sri Lanka’s immunization services are managed by the Epidemiology Unit, located in the Family Health Bureau, Ministry of Health (MOH).

Sri Lanka’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Vaccination Financing Mechanism

Sierra Leone

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

Immunization Program Structure

Sierra Leone’s Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is located in the Medical Services Directorate, Primary Health Care Division, Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS).

Sierra Leone’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Nigeria

Nigeria is pursuing financial sustainability for its immunization services through a new financing arrangement, budget advocacy and legislation. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began its efforts in Nigeria in February 2009.

Immunization Program Structure

The National Program on Immunization (NPI) is located in the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), a parastatal institution under the Federal Ministry of Health.

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