2009 was a tremendous year here at the Sabin Vaccine Institute as we strove to fulfill our mission of reducing human suffering caused by infectious and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

From the launch of the first-ever World Pneumonia Day, to securing increased US funding for the control and elimination of NTDs, to the start of the GLP toxicology study for the Na-GST-1 Hookworm Vaccine, to the mobilization of scores of African and Asian leaders for sustainable immunization financing, collectively, the Institute led a large number of efforts to address the burden of hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest individuals suffering from treatable and preventable diseases.