Sabin convenes “senior officials from 17 countries to share their successes in increasing government budget allocations for national immunisation programs”

The Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Sustainable immunisation Financing (SIF) Program said it convened “senior officials from 17 countries to share their successes in increasing government budget allocations for national immunisation programs.” Sabin noted that “greater political commitment and advocacy are building the momentum needed for countries to fully finance their immunisation programs by 2020 and achieve the goals set forth in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP).”  Delegates to the two-day colloquium “participated in an open exchange of strategies and best practices that have helped their countries increase commitments to fund national immunisation programs.” In panel sessions, delegates presented their legislative activities, conduct peer assessments and discuss innovations in financing, budgeting and advocacy, and were supported in preparing “short-term, country specific advocacy plans designed to make progress on sustainable immunisation financing by 2016.” The 17 countries involved in the colloquium are all SIF pilot countries and included Cameroon, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Vietnam. SIF partners who attended include WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, GAVI Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
http://www.gavialliance.org/library/news/press-releases/2013/dakar-conference-countries-showcase-increased-efforts-to-fund-their-own-immunisation-programs/

Editor’s Note: The media release on this meeting did not indicate whether or when video, transcripts or other meeting summary information will be made available.