Sabin Vaccine Institute Founded
The Sabin Vaccine Institute was founded on the legacy and global vision Dr. Albert B. Sabin. His longtime friends and colleagues established the Sabin Vaccine Institute in 1993 at the time of Dr. Sabin’s death, led by Heloisa Sabin, his widow, Dr. H.R. Shepherd, the Founding Chairman, and Dr. Philip K. Russell, the Founding President.
Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Introduced
The Sabin Gold Medal is the highest scientific honor given by the Sabin Vaccine Institute. The first annual award was given to Donald A. Henderson, M.D., M.P.H. who led the decade-long WHO campaign to eradicate smallpox. Awarded every year since, the Sabin Gold Medal is given to a distinguished individual who has made extraordinary contributions in the field of vaccinology or a complementary field.
Sabin Product Development Partnership
Sabin partnered with various institutions including George Washington University, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital for Vaccine Development to research low-cost vaccines for infectious and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This research included vaccines against human hookworm, Chagas, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, onchocerciasis, West Nile and SARS.
Global Network for NTDs
In 2006, Sabin co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) to raise the awareness, political will and funding necessary to control and eliminate the most common NTDs. Over the next decade, the Global Network played a key role in building the political support, public awareness, and funding required to prioritize the most common NTDs on the global health agenda and progress toward control and elimination of these diseases. The Global Network mobilized more than $165 million of new resources for NTD programs and leveraged approximately $1.53 billion in indirect benefits to affected populations.
Sustainable Immunization Financing
From 2008 to 2018, Sabin’s Sustainable Immunization Financing Program (SIF), helped build support for immunization within key institutions throughout the world. The program worked in 23 countries with the goals of helping to establish and secure national immunization budgets and finding domestic funding solutions that would ensure reliable financing for immunization for decades to come.
2011Official relations began with PAHO
Ciro de Quadros Vaccinology Course for Latin America
In 2011 Sabin held its first Vaccinology Course for Latin America in Lima, Peru. The course brought together national and sub-national EPI managers from the region with leading experts in the field of vaccinology to familiarize them with current global and regional immunization policies and technical guidelines, along with effective communication strategies. In addition to Peru, iterations of this course have been held in Chile, Argentina and most recently virtually, all in conjunction with leading Universities. In 2014, the course was named in honor of Dr. Ciro de Quadros after his passing to honor his leadership in the field of global health.
Journalist Information Sessions
At the same time Sabin launched its Vaccinology Course for Immunization Managers, it convened the first Journalist Information Session in Lima, Peru. Many Latin American Journalist are responsible for reporting on many topics, instead of focusing on just one field. Sabin convened multiple Journalist Information Sessions in Latin America, eventually expanding to Europe and developed the Immunization Advocates program based on these experiences.
International Association of Immunizations Managers (IAIM)
The International Association of Immunizations Managers launched in 2013 to foster a global community that enables immunization professionals to connect with peers and experts, learn skills that build capacity and advance careers, and lead immunization programs in challenging contexts. In 2020, Sabin relaunched the IAIM Network under a new name, the Boost Community.
2019Official Relations began with WHO
We have hosted a variety of trainings, conferences and workshops throughout the years including:
- Ciro de Quadros Vaccinology Course for Latin America
- International Conference on Typhoid & Other Invasive Salmonelloses
- International Rotavirus Symposium
- Journalist Trainings
- Latin America Meningococcal Workshop
- Latin America Regional Pertussis Workshop
- Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN) Annual Conference
Dr. Albert B. Sabin's Legacy
Sabin Vaccine Institute is founded on the legacy and vision of Dr. Albert B. Sabin, a leader in eradicating polio and advocate for vaccine access. Learn more about his legacy.
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