3 May 2016 — Under the patronage of his Excellency the Minister of Health Dr. Ali Heyasat, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is holding a two-day workshop entitled: "BRINGING DOWN BARRIERS TO ACCESS LOWER PRICES OF NEW VACCINES’’. The workshop, which will be held at the Landmark Hotel in Amman, Jordan, starts on Tuesday May 3rd and concludes its proceedings on Wednesday May 4th. It brings together over 38 immunization stakeholders in Jordan representing public, not-for-profit sectors as well as a group of MSF experts from the Access Campaign.
During the two-day workshop, participants will discuss main challenges about access to new vaccines, and will identify effective short-term actions to reach affordable new vaccines with a primary focus on the pneumonia vaccine (PCV).
After years of fruitless negotiations to lower the vaccine’s price for use in its projects, MSF launched ‘A FAIR SHOT’ campaign to ask Pfizer and GSK to cut the price of the pneumonia vaccine to $5 per child (for all three doses) in all developing countries.
‘’The goal of the workshop is to identify and agree on the Government of Jordan’s collaboration with the MSF Fair Shot campaign for 2016, so that vaccines can get more affordable,’’ Said Marc Schakal, MSF Head of Mission in Jordan.
Jordan is among Middle Income Countries facing humanitarian crises impacting their capacities to vaccinate all. With a 6.6 million population, Jordan is supporting more than half a million refugees. Nevertheless, while it has introduced free immunization for all children regardless of their status, the country is not receiving any support to introduce new vaccines, such as PCV, which the country cannot afford.
The high price of new vaccines has also limited Médecins Sans Frontières' (MSF) capacity to provide them within its immunization projects. MSF is a medical humanitarian organization working to deliver health services to the most vulnerable, and vaccination is a key component of the medical package that MSF delivers in developing countries, during natural disasters or in crisis contexts.
Each year, MSF teams vaccinate millions of people, both as outbreak response to diseases such as measles, meningitis, yellow fever and cholera, and as routine immunisation activities in projects where it provides health care to mothers and children. In 2014 alone, MSF delivered more than 3.9 million doses of vaccines and immunological products.
MSF is an independent international medical and humanitarian organization, which delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters all over the world. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion or political affiliation. Today, MSF is a worldwide movement with 19 national offices and an international headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 and the King Hussein Foundation Humanitarian Leadership Prize in 2004.