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Nigeria lost funding support from Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) after a rebasing of its economy re-classed it the biggest economy in Africa and ineligible for vaccine support meant for third-world countries. Based on this loss National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), says government spending on immunisation is expected to top $345 million a year by 2022 when the support is completely withdrawn.

Speaking in Abuja as legislators and health stakeholders from five Anglophone countries began a three-day peer review workshop to work out how each country can sustain funding for national immunization, the director of NPHCDA Dr. Ado said the $345m, is due to introduction of new vaccines and the growing population of children who need immunization, will be funded domestically.

He also said “We want to change mind-set, to view immunization as an investment.”

He further noted that slash of funding for immunization in this year’s budget was disturbing but insisted the federal health ministry was engaging the National Assembly to push for appropriate funding for immunization.

GAVI is an organization that is involved in bringing together public and private sectors with shared goal of creating equal access to new vaccines for children living in poor countries with a model designed to leverage financial resources and expertise to make vaccines more affordable, available as well as make provision more sustainable, by working towards a point where developing countries can pay for them themselves.

As a beneficiary, GAVI is working with is Nigeria whose programme is being managed by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), which supervised by the Federal Ministry of Health..

Author: Ope Adedeji