Nigeria’s National Vaccine Summit
IVAC worked with the Nigerian government, Nigerian Pediatric Association and Nigerian and international stakeholders to hold the first National Vaccine Summit to galvanize high-level and grass roots support for vaccines. The summit brought together a broad range of stakeholders to discuss vaccines, and catalyzed political commitments and ownership of vaccine strategy to enhance access and delivery in Nigeria. Town Hall meetings in six states occurred prior to the summit, which was held on April 16-17, 2012 in Abuja. The summit resulted in a major commitment to reduce child deaths, through an aggressive push to expand vaccine access.
Organizers of the summit released a detailed communique outlining the commitments made by national and international stakeholders to advance routine immunization in Nigeria. Full reports from the summit and town hall meetings are below.