Sabin is happy to announce the arrival of our 2012 Annual Report, featuring highlights from our three programs – Vaccine Advocacy and Education, The Sabin Product Development Partnership, and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases.
2012 brought with it a number of milestones. Our Advocacy and Education program, led by Ciro de Quadros, launched the International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM), the first global professional association for immunization program managers. We also became a core partner in the new Provac International Working Group, grew our Sustainable Immunization Financing Program to 18 pilot countries, and spearheaded advocacy initiatives to reduce the burden of typhoid and paratyphoid fevers, dengue fever, meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease, rotavirus, and rubella and congenital rubella syndrome, among others. Phew!
But we didn’t stop there. Under the leadership of Dr. Peter Hotez, the Sabin Product Development Partnership (PDP) entered our human hookworm vaccine candidate, NA-GST-1 into clinical trials, and began a toxicology study for our schistosomiasis vaccine candidate. We also expanded our portfolio with new vaccine projects focused on Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), headed by Dr. Neeraj Mistry, worked with international partners to expand and strengthen NTD control programs. In 2012 alone, we mobilized funding to deliver life-changing NTD treatments to more than 90 million people. With the help of Dr. Gary Michelson, we also brought several high profile NTD special envoys onto our team who will raise the visibility of the effects of debilitating NTDs among senior government officials and heads of state. Lastly, the Global Network’s advocacy efforts were electrified with a new campaign called END7 which works in partnership with celebrities and entertainment and media companies to promote the NTD cause to millions of people.
To experience the full breadth of work completed in 2012, click through our annual report here. We look forward to finishing up a successful 2013 and hope you’ll stay in the loop until our next report by following our blog and news updates here on our site.