NGO advocates national immunisation fund

Dr.  Awunyo-Akaba

Dr. Awunyo-Akaba

Future Generations International (FUGI),a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has advocated the establishment of a national Immunisation Sustainability Fund (ISFUND) to help sustain immunisation in Ghana and protect children from childhood diseases.

This according to the NGO was necessary because Ghana would by 2020 bear the full cost of such vaccines as it transits from donor support.

Ghana presently depends on support from GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, an international organisation that supplies vaccines to countries throughout the world through donors to obtain over 30 million dollars worth of vaccine for its Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) each year.

Dr. Joan Awunyo-Akaba, Executive Director of FUGI, who addressed the press in Accra yesterday, said the proposed fund enables Ghana to mobilise funds to support government’s financing and immunisation programme.

“The aim of this initiative is to mobilise and invest funds to grow and support the uninterrupted purchase of vaccines for immunising children in Ghana, when successful, the model would be replicated in Africa,” she stressed.

She appealed to President John Dramani Mahama to lead civil society and the private sector to set up the Fund.

Dr. Awunyo-Akaba expressed hope that the fund when established, would be able to raise 30 million dollars from the public by 2018, to contribute to Ghana’s immunisation budget annually.

By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey

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