The three Asian SIF pilot countries could not be more distinct. In Cambodia, a rice growing culture has flourished for 2000 years in the Mekong River delta. Public health programs are just now starting to cut maternal and child mortality. Nepal is a polyglot of mountain and plain dwellers unexposed to the modern world until the late 1940s.
Sponsored by SIF Sabin, Nigeria held its first parliamentary briefing in Abuja, Nigeria today. It was chaired by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr. Muhammad Pate.
Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the two day “Third Sub-Regional Symposium for Parliamentarians on Child Health and Sustainable Immunization Financing” in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was my first time visiting South East Asia and my first opportunity to witness the work of the SIF program first hand.
Today marks the second day of the Third Parliamentary Symposium on Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) in Phnom Penh.

The Third Parliamentary Symposium on Sustainable Immunization Financing(SIF) begins today in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, lasting from October 21-22, 2010.

On October 7, 2010, Dr. Mama Fouda of the Cameroonian Ministry of Public Health, approved the creation of the National Immunization Trust Fund (NITF) as an alternative for sustainable immunization financing in Cameroon.

Things seem to be moving in the right direction for immunization financing in the DRC. After sponsoring and actively participating in a very successful parliamentary briefing a few months ago, we have recently organized the first SIF Sabin sponsored peer exchange for the DRC.

On 28 September, seventeen parliamentarians and government officials came together in Bamako to discuss ways to sustainably finance Mali’s immunization program. It was the latest in a series of Sabin-organized briefings that began in Bamako in October 2009.

SIF Program Director Mike McQuestion and SIF Senior Program Officer Jonas Mbwangue are in Dakar, Senegal today to meet with members of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Financing and Parliament to work on recommendations for a national immunization fund.
On 8 September, SIF Senior Program Officer Diana Kizza and two members of the Kenyan Pediatric Society briefed six Kenyan MPs on immunization financing issues in the country. It was the country’s first such Sabin-organized briefing. Six of eleven Parliamentary Health Committee members attended.

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