Background of ISFUND
Vaccines reduce chance of illness, hospitalization and death from vaccine-preventable diseases. Launched on 17th may 2016, Immunization Sustainability Fund (ISFUND) is a Public Private Partnership initiative to mobilize funds to immunize children in Ghana. Immunization Sustainability fund (ISFUND) is an initiative by Future Generations International (FUGI) geared towards mobilizing fund to sustaining immunization in Ghana to protect and save children’s lives from vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) through immunization.
Donate to ISFUND to save Millions of children from VPDs such as Measles, Polio, Meningitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever. ISFUND is not trying to do the work of the Ministry of Health. The fund aims at helping the Ministry with an imminent happening, i.e. transitioning of Ghana from GAVI’s support of funds for immunization that it had had since the year 2000.What ISFUND seeks to do is to help the Ministry to be prepared to carry on the all-important work of providing continuous quality vaccines for our immunization programme.
ISFUND Initiative came about as Ghana, one of the 20 countries to transition from Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance support. According to Gavi’s policy, countries that have gross national income of $1500 would transition from its support and bear full cost of immunization. Gavi’s support ceases by 2020-2022. With Ghana lacking a financial sustainability fund, ISFUND is here as a Public-Private Partnership intervention to mobilize funds for uninterrupted immunization program.
Ghana intends to add new vaccines to the program of immunization which will require extra funding to kick start, sustain and make available to every child in Ghana irrespective of accessibility or economic background thus ensuring free and quality vaccines all year round for immunization program to achieve our mission.
The National EPI Policy in Ghana is that each child should receive one dose of BCG at birth, three doses of DPT-HepB+Hib, (at 6, 10 and 14 weeks), four doses of OPV (at birth, 6, 10 and 14 weeks) one dose of Measles (at 9 months) and one dose of Yellow Fever (at 9 months). Every woman of childbearing age (12-44 years) should receive 5 doses of tetanus toxoid. Ghana needs a minimum amount of US$ 30 million for its 1 million annual births. ISFUND Founders are working tirelessly to meet this amount, to providing an amount of GHC 400 Million to start this course. The founders share that a childhood free from vaccine preventable diseases is needed for national development.