Health Information Gatekeepers Save Lives
We support journalists and health workers to report, communicate or advocate for vaccines and immunization.
262At least 262 journalists in low and middle-income countries were provided with in-depth information and tools to support accurate reporting on vaccines and immunization since the launch of the program.
600More than 600 journalists and media leaders attended virtual and in-person events across our partnerships from Q1 2021 through Q1 2022.
68Our virtual and in-person events reached attendees in 68 countries from Q1 2021 through Q1 2022.
About Immunization Advocates
Misinformation and disinformation can spread faster than ever before, and journalists and health workers play a vital role in building trust in vaccines in their communities. Understanding scientific concepts and clearly communicating information on vaccines and immunization is critical to public health and communities.
Since 2020, Sabin’s Immunization Advocates program has fostered partnerships to build a science-based dialogue on vaccines with journalists and health workers in low- and middle-income countries. We provide health workers and media professionals with the training, tools and connections they need to help families and communities across low- and middle-income countries get access to the facts about vaccination and inform decisionmakers to advance health policies.
Immunization Advocates also promotes opportunities for policymakers and influencers to hear and learn from health workers, journalists, researchers and other immunization professionals at the forefront of vaccine delivery, acceptance and demand – ensuring the voices of these close-to-community professionals inform global health policy.
- Working with partners like Internews, IWMF and AVAC, we have provided at least 260 journalists with training and mentorships to deepen evidence-based media coverage of vaccines and immunization. More than 600 journalists and media professionals from 68 countries have attended discussions with reputable experts in the vaccine and immunization field.
- More than 6,900 health workers from 147 countries registered for a course developed by our partner, the International Pediatric Association, with training in infodemiology, behavioral science, advocacy and other themes.
- In collaboration with Nursing Now Challenge, seven nurses were selected from a competitive process to receive training on storytelling. They are currently engaged in activities within their communities and globally to advocate for vaccine uptake and equity.
We make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe.