Devendra Gnawali, Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) senior program office, provides an update on SIF activities in Cambodia.
A Sabin-sponsored parliamentary briefing was held at the National Assembly of Cambodia on February 21st. Participants included Ministers of Parliament (MPs) from the health committee and officials from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ministry of Economy and Finance. Cambodia is making progress on many SIF issues, and two of them, the drafting process of the new immunization law and the national trust fund, were discussed during the briefing. Oral presentations were made by the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) manager and the Ministry of Economy and Finance. The Chairperson of the Health Committee of the National Assembly stated their full support for SIF activities and urged the MoH to draft the immunization law. A discussion was also had about organizing a follow-up 2nd round provincial level parliamentary briefing in the near future.