Workshop on immunization financing and graduation from GAVI support

25–28 November 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

The costs of immunization programmes are escalating, particularly as new vaccines are added. Phasing out support from the GAVI Alliance (in accordance with its graduation policy for countries whose gross national income crosses an eligibility threshold) brings an additional financial burden on government budgets. Sustainable financing therefore plays a critical role in sustaining immunization achievements.

WHO is holding a workshop:

  • to review countries’ situation and challenges in securing sustainable immunization financing;
  • to share countries’ experience with immunization financing and GAVI graduation, and review the progress made in implementing graduation action plans;
  • to identify the lessons learnt from the vaccine co-financing process and graduation;
  • to present an advocacy tool for resource mobilization developed by WHO/Europe and receive feedback from the participants on its content and intended use;
  • to share the findings of an immunization-cost study conducted in the Republic of Moldova and discuss their use in work on immunization financing in countries; and
  • to agree on approaches and methods to improve the sustainability and country ownership of immunization financing.

It will be attended by participants from 8 Member States, WHO staff and advisers; and representatives of partners engaged in the provision of GAVI support. The participants will include health ministry officials (managers of national immunization programmes and staff in charge of vaccine procurement, planning and budgeting, and issuing market authorization for vaccines) who are familiar with issues related to sustainable immunization financing.