The Sabin Vaccine Institute
is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit
, non-governmental organization
which advocates for the control of both infectious diseases
such as measles
, and polio
, and of Neglected Tropical Diseases
(NTDs) such as shistosomiasis
, and onchocerciasis
, diseases of low incidence that occur predominantly in developing countries
in the tropics
. SVI promotes research and development
of low cost vaccinations
and preventable drug therapies for NTDs.
Through advocacy, biomedical research, education, and training, Sabin seeks to find preventative measures for diseases that place an economic burden on people in the world's poorest nations.
The Institute was founded in 1993 by Dr. H.R. Shepherd, Mrs. Heloisa Sabin, Dr. Robert M. Chanock, and Dr. Philip K. Russell and named in honor of Albert Sabin, best known for having developed the oral polio vaccine. It is currently located in Washington, DC, where it has formed an academic partnership with the George Washington University.