Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the two day “Third Sub-Regional Symposium for Parliamentarians on Child Health and Sustainable Immunization Financing” in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was my first time visiting South East Asia and my first opportunity to witness the work of the SIF program first hand.
Today marks the second day of the Third Parliamentary Symposium on Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) in Phnom Penh.

The Third Parliamentary Symposium on Sustainable Immunization Financing(SIF) begins today in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, lasting from October 21-22, 2010.

On October 7, 2010, Dr. Mama Fouda of the Cameroonian Ministry of Public Health, approved the creation of the National Immunization Trust Fund (NITF) as an alternative for sustainable immunization financing in Cameroon.

Today is the International Day of Rural Women, in recognition of this day we are featuring a guest blog from Kaitlin Davis, from She’s the First.

Things seem to be moving in the right direction for immunization financing in the DRC. After sponsoring and actively participating in a very successful parliamentary briefing a few months ago, we have recently organized the first SIF Sabin sponsored peer exchange for the DRC.

By: John O. Davies-Cole, PhD, MPH, Professor at The George Washington University

On 28 September, seventeen parliamentarians and government officials came together in Bamako to discuss ways to sustainably finance Mali’s immunization program. It was the latest in a series of Sabin-organized briefings that began in Bamako in October 2009.

SIF Program Director Mike McQuestion and SIF Senior Program Officer Jonas Mbwangue are in Dakar, Senegal today to meet with members of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Financing and Parliament to work on recommendations for a national immunization fund.

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