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LNCT Webinar: Lessons Learned from Sri Lanka’s Transition from Gavi Support

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Learning about Sri Lanka’s experience transitioning from Gavi support.

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As your country prepares to transition away from Gavi support, learn from Sri Lanka’s experiences, including successes and challenges, with securing domestic financing, strengthening local capacity, and introducing new vaccines.

OVERVIEW:

Sri Lanka’s national immunization program is cited globally and regionally as a successful model. The Expanded Immunization Program (EPI) maintains high coverage (98-100%) of all vaccines it offers, and a low incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases covered by the program. Since 2016, the immunization program has also been self-funded. On November 19th, speakers reflected on Sri Lanka’s experience transitioning from Gavi support and share a current perspective on challenges related to sustainability and maintaining the gains made in disease control over the past 30 years.

The speakers presented on how Sri Lanka:

  • Secured domestic financing, and what other countries can learn from this process
  • Fostered local capacity and leadership even prior to Gavi support
  • Managed the transition to post-Gavi procurement and potential challenges
  • Makes decisions on new vaccine introduction

Speakers:

  • Dr Nihal Abeysinghe, Deputy Director, Institute for Research and Development
  • Dr Sudath Peiris, Technical Officer, World Health Organization
  • Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, Chief Epidemiologist, Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health Sri Lanka

Session Slides: English

Session Recording: 

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