WHO Region: Eastern Mediterranean region
World Bank Income Group: Lower-middle-income country
Gavi Co-financing Status: Preparatory Transition
Immunization System Highlights:
- Pakistan worked with the World Bank to develop and implement its National Immunization Support Project (NISP) to consolidate its immunization funding from donors and the government in a Multi-Donors Trust Fund (MDTF). The MDTF helps address the long-standing issues of inefficiency and unsustainability caused by the fragmented financing structure of Pakistan’s EPI program.
- Provinces are driving up immunization coverage by implementing Polio-EPI Synergy, an effort to coordinate activities of the Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization programs and leverage the local knowledge and trust built by the polio program to reach more children with routine vaccines.
- Pakistan engages traditional leaders to speak on TV about concerns around vaccine safety and whether vaccines are halal.