Impatient Optimist

Hélène Mambu-ma-Disu, a senior program officer for Sabin's Sustainable Immunization Financing Program, tells the story of the Democratic Republic of Congo's progress on immunization financing.

"In 2012, leaders from the international vaccine community put forth a challenge to the world: Extend the benefit of immunization to all people, regardless of where they live, by the year 2020. This framework, known as the Decade of Vaccines Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), has taken hold in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) —- a country whose government has increased its national immunization financing commitments by $8 million over three years. This commitment is remarkable considering that just four years ago the government was allocating little or no funding for immunization."

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