Immunization in Nigeria has made remarkable progress in recent times with an increase in coverage rate (Penta 3), lack of national stock out of vaccines; introduction of 3 new vaccines (Penta, IPV and PCV) in the last five years, the interruption of wild polio virus transmission which led to the delisting of Nigeria from WHO polio endemic countries in 2015. There are plans to introduce 4 new vaccines (rotavirus, HPV, MR and MenAfriVac) into the routine immunization schedule before 2020. However, Nigeria faces a huge fund gap for its immunization program due to rising birth cohort, introduction of these new vaccines and a transition from Gavi support amidst broader macro-economic challenges. To address issues of sustainable immunization financing, the NPHCDA established NIFT in 2015...More
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