SIF Program Director Mike McQuestion and SIF Senior Program Officer Jonas Mbwangue are in Dakar, Senegal today to meet with members of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Financing and Parliament to work on recommendations for a national immunization fund. Their meeting is subsequent to Senegal’s second Sabin-sponsored parliamentary briefing which took place in December of last year. It was at this time that parliamentarians convinced Dr. Lamine Sall, the Chief of Cabinet, to increase the budget for their national immunization program. This year, the Senegalese Government was able to allocate 2.2 million USD for this program – a marked 10 percent increase from 2009.
Depicted in the photo are Dr. Aboubacry Fall, Director of Division of Preventive Medicine, and Mamadou Ndiaye whom were at Senegal’s Ministry of Health discussing financing strategies with counterparts in Dakar.
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