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Spotlights on Global Vaccination

Vaccine Acceptance & Demand Newsletter | September/October 2022 | Issue 1
Advancing immunization in low- and middle-income countries at UNGA77
Leaders from government, international institutions, civil society, and philanthropy gathered in New York for the 77th U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) to advance key global health issues – including making record pledges to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Sabin urged global leaders to invest in the professionals closest to vaccine decision-making and delivery. Our delegation was joined by Indian researcher Dr. Anant Bhan, Ugandan journalist Esther Nakkazi, Malawian frontline nurse Rashid Mang’anda, and U.S. frontline nurse Amy Staley. They took part in a high-level event led by Sabin and Devex, a forum co-hosted by Sabin and partners of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, and an event organized by the Rockefeller Foundation and Amref Health Africa.
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Sabin Vaccine Institute asked research and health workforce partners what actions policymakers should take to boost and sustain vaccine acceptance and demand.
Welcome to Sabin, Anuradha Gupta!
We are excited Anuradha Gupta is joining Sabin as our new President of Global Immunization! Anuradha has been a groundbreaking leader in global health and vaccines for decades, and her work has created profound impact at a global scale, saving and improving millions of lives.
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Connecting Vaccination Research with Communities

Researchers gather in Dubai
The Vaccine Acceptance & Demand initiative held its inaugural Social and Behavioral Research Grant Partner Coalition Meeting in Dubai, with partners across all 18 projects within 10 countries. Visit our website to learn more about the aims and agenda of this meeting.
Dr. Satendra Singh from Sangath and the University College of Medical Sciences speaks about the importance of vaccine equity in his research project.
Calling for proposals!
Sabin has launched its fourth funding cycle of the Social and Behavioral Research Grants program, and there is still time to apply for funding! Successful applicants will be awarded up to US$70,000 to conduct research and implement solutions for up to 18 months from March 2023. The call closes Monday, October 31, 2022.
Apply here
Getting ready for SBCC 2022
Dr. Rajeev Seth, a 2020-2021 social and behavioral research grant partner, will present key findings from projects across his cohort year at the Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Summit. Dr. Seth is the co-founder of Bal Umang Drishya Sanstha (BUDS), India.

Immunization Advocates

Immunization Advocacy Champions at the WISH Summit
Sabin partner Nursing Now Challenge hosted an event at the WISH Summit. Immunization Advocacy Champions and registered nurses Rafiat Akinokun (Nigeria), Mohammed Modber (Sudan), and Mpho Shelile (Lesotho) were joined by Sabin’s Vaccine Innovation & Global Immunization Vice President Stacey Knobler to discuss early-career leadership on COVID-19 vaccine equity and acceptance.
Programs for journalists kick off in Brazil and countries in Africa and the Caribbean
Sabin supports journalists seeking to enhance their coverage of vaccines and immunization. In partnership with Brazil’s Agência Bori, 15 early-career journalists and journalism students are benefitting from InfoVacina Trainee. Our partners at the International Women’s Media Foundation have also started the second iteration of the Global Health Reporting Initiative, this year aimed at journalists from African and Caribbean countries.
Season 4 of Community Conversations on Vaccines is out!
Our podcast explores vaccines and immunization through conversations with health workers, immunization professionals, researchers, and journalists working in low- and middle-income countries to inform communities and boost vaccination.
Listen to this season's first episode

Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN)

Sharing findings from VARN2022
The inaugural VARN conference (VARN2022) journal supplement was recently accepted for submission to BMC Proceedings. The supplement will contain a summary conference report article and ten invited research-based articles written by VARN2022 presenters and their multidisciplinary teams. Expected publication is Q1 2023!
We are excited about VARN2023! We will be sharing dates, location, and the associated Call for Abstracts in November.

Funding opportunities

Vaccine Confidence Fund RFP
The Request For Proposals is focused on harnessing the power of social media to increase vaccination confidence and uptake. Closes: October 31, 2022.

Publications and resources

  • Social and Behavioral Research Grant Partners Dr. Freddy Kitutu and Jacquellyn Ssanyu (Makerere University) published their work using community influencer groups to address COVID-19 misinformation and vaccine hesitancy.  
  • VARN2022 presenters Dr. Rupali Limaye, Alexandra Michel, and Dr. Daniel Erchick (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) published their Sabin-funded results from a 5-country survey on COVID-19 vaccine messaging strategies.
  • VARN2022 presenter Kenneth Davis (Fraym) shared a new case study on using Fraym data effectively for public health messaging. Contact Kenneth to learn more! 
  • VARN2022 presenter Dr. Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale University) shared the pre-print of his study piloting strategies to address last-mile vaccine delivery challenges in Sierra Leone. Contact Mushfiq with any comments or suggestions about his work. 
  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new global health equity website!

In the news

  • O Globo published a story by a current participant of InfoVacina Trainee on the need to boost local vaccine development capacity in Brazil.
  • Zambia’s Daily Mail published a story by a former participant of a Sabin-supported program led by IWMF, about the launch of the Vaccination Action Network (VAN). A similar story was published in Uganda’s The Independent, as well as a byline in South Africa’s Daily Maverick.

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