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.
On 8 September, SIF Senior Program Officer Diana Kizza and two members of the Kenyan Pediatric Society briefed six Kenyan MPs on immunization financing issues in the country. It was the country’s first such Sabin-organized briefing. Six of eleven Parliamentary Health Committee members attended.

SIF Sabin is currently hosting a peer exchange between Cameroon and DRC  in Yaounde this week.  SIF SPOs Helene Mambu-ma-Disu and Jonas Mbwangue are working together to host MPs through a planned series of activities intended to inform policymakers from both countries on various recommendat

From all implemented health interventions in Cameroon, immunization has been one of the most effective and most economical. It has eradicated smallpox, reduced by 99% to date the national incidence of poliomyelitis, and dramatically lowered morbidity, disability and death from diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and measles.

New Sources of Funding Needed to Control and Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases

An editorial published by Sabin President Dr. Peter Hotez today in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) Neglected Tropical Diseases, calls on the G8, Gulf Cooperation Council nations, and neglected tropical disease (NTDs) endemic countries, such as Nigeria and Indonesia, to fund global NTD control efforts.

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