International Vaccine Institute
The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) is a nonprofit international organization that was founded on the belief that the health of children in developing countries can be dramatically improved by the use of new and improved vaccines. Working in collaboration with the international scientific community, public health organizations, governments, and industry, IVI's mission is to discover, develop, and deliver safe, effective, and affordable vaccines for the world's developing nations.
Created initially as an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), IVI began formal operations as an independent organization in 1997 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, its host country. Currently, IVI has 35 countries and the World Health (WHO) as signatories and/or state parties to its Establishment Agreement. The Institute has a unique mandate to work exclusively on vaccine development and introduction for people in developing countries, with a focus on neglected diseases affecting these regions.