Thanks largely in part to a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Sabin Vaccine Institute (SVI) was able to establish a revolutionary approach in providing sustainable immunization programs in target developing countries. With twelve countries in Africa (Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo, Rwanda and Madagascar) and three in Asia (Cambodia, Nepal and Sri Lanka) within its SIF program, SVI has witnessed the promise of such an approach. SVI’s Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) program works with governments within each of these 15 countries by providing the tools, assistance, and sometimes, the resources to help facilitate the implementation of such programs for the public good.
Through its innovative collective action approach, the SIF program at Sabin encourages key stakeholders—Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (or GAVI Alliance), UN partners, national governments, the key civil society groups and domestic private sector—to work together to identify sustainable financing mechanisms for immunization. In working to forge links across its 15 focus countries, SIF encourages cooperation, synergy, and healthy competition amongst these nations so that they are moved to provide sustainable health programs for future generations.