We will only achieve universal immunisation when countries themselves prioritise and take ownership of their immunisation programmes. Dedicated, long term, and sustainable domestic finance as part of an increasing health budget, Government leadership, and efficient programme and policy and implementation, are the key components of country ownership and reaching every child with all WHO recommended vaccines.
In this short briefing, we focus on the role of political will in driving country ownership. Using Uganda as a case study, we explore the impact of the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Immunisation has had in driving leadership on immunisation, which led to the passing of the National Immunisation Act in 2016. This immunisation law was designed to tackle immunisation inequities and ensure earmarked and sustainable, long term financing for immunisation.