Third Sabin Vaccine Institute Colloquium on Sustainable Immunization Financing
Dates: 19-21 July, 2016
Venue: Hotel Yak & Yeti, Kathmandu, Nepal
Participants: Members of Parliament; Ministry of Finance officials; national immunization program managers, Health Planning/Budget Directors from the Ministry of Health from 17 partner countries of the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Sustainable Immunization Financing Program, as well as global immunization partners.
Countries: Armenia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
Vaccines are an essential public good that governments provide to their citizens. Vaccine costs are rising, often faster than public immunization budgets are expanding. Many countries currently eligible for external financial support are graduating or will soon graduate from this support. These countries must therefore depend on domestic sources to maintain or improve their immunization programs. Over the past few years, many countries have worked to increase domestic funding for national immunization programs. Their efforts have helped build institutional capacity to run vaccination services in the long term and will ultimately enable countries to achieve financial independence, speed up economic growth and save millions of lives. At a three-day colloquium in Kathmandu, Nepal, sponsored by the Sabin Vaccine Institute, senior representatives from 17 countries assessed their progress to date and discussed key priorities for achieving immunization goals by the Decade of Vaccines target year 2020.
The Colloquium brought together parliamentarians and their key governmental counterparts from 17 countries to share and assess their experiences and best practices for sustainable immunization financing. Delegates presented and peer reviewed their work using a standard methodology, focusing on institutional innovations in the areas of financial management, budget oversight and transparency, advocacy and legislation. Progress was measured against the specific action points the countries set for themselves at the Second Colloquium in August 2013. At the close of the Colloquium, national delegations formulated new action points that will help them achieve sustainable immunization financing. They were joined by international partners, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fourteen parliamentarians drafted and signed a declaration to support domestic immunization financing. They committed to increase their advocacy efforts and share best practices in oversight, advocacy and lawmaking to assure sustainable public immunization financing. The parliamentarians also reiterated their commitment to establish an International Parliamentary Caucus on Sustainable Immunization Financing.
Read more about the Colloquium on our blog.