The accomplishments and work of Sabin and its three major programs — Vaccine Advocacy & Education, the Sabin Product Development Partnership (Sabin PDP) and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (Global Network) — are highlighted in our 2013 Annual Report.

The year was marked by our continued commitment to country ownership and empowerment through education and knowledge sharing, innovation and effective partnerships. And 2013 brought a number of milestones embodying these guiding principles.

The Sabin PDP continued advancing hookworm and schistosomiasis vaccines through clinical development and continued the preclinical phases for selected vaccine candidates for Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, SARS and West Nile virus. The Sabin PDP joined forces with new partners in Europe, the U.S. and Africa to form the HOOKVAC consortium to expand on work toward a human hookworm vaccine.

And while we continue to mourn the loss of Executive Vice President Dr. Ciro de Quadros, we celebrate his remarkable career and his accomplishments over the past year. Ciro was recognized by Vaccine Nation as an influential vaccine personality, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) awarded him the prestigious Public Health Hero of the Americas Award. He led the Vaccine Advocacy & Education program as they participated in dozens of public lectures, convened almost 50 meetings and conferences, and published numerous papers and briefs in an effort to continue advocating for universal access to life-saving vaccines.

Our work toward the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) gained momentum as well. With the launch of END7’s celebrity video, our messages about the threat and opportunities to fight NTDs raised enough funds to treat millions of people for these diseases of poverty. As the Global Network continues to build awareness, mobilize resources and rally the political will necessary, we move closer to achieving global NTD control and elimination objectives as well as broader development goals focused on improved nutrition, greater access to water and sanitation, and reduction of poverty.

To read more about our work in our 20th year, please read the full report here. You can see regular updates about Sabin’s ongoing work on our blog or in our news section. And as we close out another successful year of progress, we look forward to further success in the fight against vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases.