Sabin partners with organizations worldwide to deepen journalist and health worker knowledge, skillsets and connectivity to report, communicate or advocate on vaccines and immunization. Our partnerships include but are not limited to:
Agência Bori and Instituto Questão de Ciência
In November 2020, Sabin provided support and expertise to Agência Bori and the Instituto Questão de Ciência to provide a workshop to deepen Brazilian reporters’ knowledge of vaccines and immunization, including COVID-19 vaccine development. Agência Bori provided resources and training to journalists to improve scientific press coverage in Brazil, and the Instituto Questão de Ciência promoted the use of scientific evidence in designing and evaluating public policies.
In 2021-2022, Sabin is supporting Agencia Bori’s community building program called InfoVacina, which hosts and trains 20 Brazilian journalists. This program is supported by vaccine experts and health and science journalism trainers.
AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention
Sabin is supporting AVAC’s engagement journalists in Media Science Cafés—a media and advocate engagement program originally aimed at ensuring accurate and nuanced coverage of HIV prevention research in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe—to increase understanding vaccine acceptance issues among journalists and expand coverage of issues related to vaccine acceptance and demand in East and Southern Africa.
International Pediatric Association
Sabin supported the International Pediatric Association’s activities to bolster communications and advocacy skillsets and opportunities for health workers worldwide. As part of this partnership, Sabin supports the piloting of IPA’s Vaccine Trust Project in low- and middle-income countries in Eastern Europe and Latin America transitioning off assistance from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Vaccine Trust Project aims to increase and utilize the communications and advocacy skillsets of health workers providing or promoting vaccines and immunization with the training of health workers.
International Women’s Media Foundation
Sabin is supporting Global Health Reporting Initiative of the International Women’s Media Foundation. The initiative is a highly competitive, four-month training and mentorship program for 30 journalists in Africa and Latin America to enhance expertise to produce in-depth, high-quality reporting on vaccine and immunization issues, including vaccine acceptance, vaccine science and COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Sabin is supporting Internews to expand the reach of its “Let’s Talk Vaccines” blended learning course for journalists in Francophone Africa as well as vaccine dialogues between immunization experts and journalists in Eastern Europe, Francophone Africa and South Asia and worldwide.
Nursing Now Challenge
Sabin is supporting the Nursing Now Challenge, a global campaign to engage early career nurses and midwives in leadership opportunities, to elevate the voices and perspectives of nurses and midwives on vaccine equity and acceptance globally and in their communities. Through a competitive application process, seven nurses and midwives were selected in September 2021 to:
- Engage in a six-week storytelling and advocacy training course
- Share their story during a session sponsored by Sabin at the ICN Congress 2021 on nursing leadership in vaccine equity and acceptance
- Receive prize money to develop their idea for engaging in vaccine acceptance and equity advocacy
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Sabin provides support to the Thomson Reuters Foundation to offer training programs and educational resources for journalists and media professionals in Gavi transition countries in Eastern Europe and Latin America to better prepare them to accurately report on vaccines and immunization. Training includes online educational sessions on vaccine and immunization fundamentals, expert speakers and hands-on health reporting workshops led by Thomson Reuters Foundation educators.