Photo: Sabin CEO Michael W. Marine, Ambassador (Ret.), with Former President of Ghana, John Kufuor

By the Dengue Vaccine Initiative

International efforts to improve dengue communication and advocacy have increased over the last years, as dengue becomes one of the fastest spreading vector-borne diseases.

On March 1, student leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., for the second annual END7 Student Advocacy Day.

Photo: Hon. Elene Tine, Senegalese Parliamentarian and Parliamentary Coalition President at the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. Photo courtesy of DFA/WHO

Immunization programs all over the world face tight budgets and limited resources. This means that immunization managers, who are responsible for managing and integrating all elements of the program, don’t always get the necessary training and professional support.

I am so thrilled to be here with y’all at the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ Second Annual END7 Student Advocacy Day. I’m Barbara Bush and I’m the CEO & co-Founder of Global Health Corps.

The first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa was held this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference brought together government officials, advocates, religious leaders and partner organizations from across the continent, with ministry speakers from a dozen African countries.

In June 2015, immunization officials from Senegal, Mali and Cameroon came together in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss expenditure tracking mechanisms used by countries to improve budget accountability for immunization.

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