Nigeria: Vaccine Bill to Hit U.S. $345 Million as Donor Support Vanishes
Friday, April 22, 2016
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says government spending on immunisation is expected to top $345 million a year by 2022 when international funding support from the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) is completely withdrawn.
Nigeria lost GAVI support after a rebasing of its economy re-classed it the biggest economy in Africa and ineligible for vaccine support meant for third-world countries.
NPHCDA executive director Dr Muhammad Ado said with donor support, full immunisation for children costs Nigeria an estimated $230 million yearly, but only around $85m to $90m is paid by Nigeria-the rest by donors.
Speaking in Abuja as legislators and health stakeholders from five Anglophone countries began a three-day peer review workshop to work out how each country can sustain funding for national immunisation, Ado said the $345m, rising due to introduction of new vaccines and the growing population of children who need immunisation, is expected to be funded domestically.
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