August 5, 2013 -- Senior health officials from 17 countries assembled in Dakar, Senegal on Monday to share their successes in increasing government budget allocations for national immunization programs.
During the two-day colloquium, delegates will participate in an open exchange of strategies and best practices that have helped their countries increase commitments to fund national immunization programs. In panel sessions, delegates will present their legislative activities, conduct peer assessments and discuss innovations in financing, budgeting and advocacy. They will also prepare short-term, country specific advocacy plans designed to make progress on sustainable immunization financing by 2016.
“We cannot overlook the power of vaccines. Immunization is one of the most effective and affordable investments that a country can make in its citizens,” said Dr. Ciro de Quadros, executive vice president at the Sabin Vaccine Institute that has sponsored the Dakar meeting. “As nations increase investment in vaccination programs, they are taking essential measures to save lives while also stimulating productivity and accelerating economic growth.”
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