7 Feb Kampala, Uganda - Ten members of parliament (MPs) from the Ugandan National Assembly met today for a Sabin-sponsored briefing on the country's immunization financing. Following a presentation by Sabin Senior Program Officer Diana Kizza Mugenzi, participants discussed advocacy and legislative strategies and agreed to form a core group that will create a parliamentary immunization forum. The MPs will assess immunization program performance in their home districts.

A key message in our Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program work is that countries need to reduce their dependencies by appropriating their routine immunization programs.

Sierra Leone moved closer to achievement of both the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy and Millennium Development Goals related to poverty-reduction and improved health outcomes when the nation adopted the “Reach Every Child (RED)” approach to healthcare last fall.

As 2010 comes to a close, Nepal is eyeing the establishment of a national trust fund as a way to ensure sustainable financing for its national immunization program. The groundwork for this important step was laid over the year by a host of stakeholders.

One of the achievements of the discussions with medicines taskforce of the Ministry of Health and Civil Society Organizations, which are strongly involved in advocacy for Medicines, is a current effort by SIF to perform a legal audit and analysis of the current legal framework on immunizati

The Sustainable Immunization Financing Program of the Sabin Vaccine Institute had another opportunity to share experiences during the WHO/ AFRO Annual Regional Conference on Immunization in Ouagadougou 6th – 8th December, 2010.

Here in the second day of the WHO/AFRO Annual Regional Conference on Immunization in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, participants heard how the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon are working together to develop sustainable immunization financing plans.

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