The Rostropovich-Vishnevskaya Foundation designs its programs to become self-sustaining within 5 years of inception. The following guidelines have proven to be effective in promoting sustainability at the local level:
1. Strengthen the existing health care infrastructure and avoid the establishment of parallel structures
- Partner with local pediatricians, epidemiologists, and nurses to promote public awareness of the need for the program
- Conduct educational programs for healthcare workers to ensure that each program meets international standards
- Ensure that programs are implemented by local health care workers
2. Conclude agreements with local and/or national governmental authorities, which lay out the incremental assumption of governmental responsibility and funding over a three to five-year period.
- 3. Make each program visible to governmental officials and the general public
Capacity building is the cornerstone to creating self-sustaining programs. Effective capacity building results in a local infrastructure that delivers the targeted health care service in accordance with internationally accepted standards as formulated by the Word Health Organization (WHO). As in all Foundation programs, the ultimate aim is sustainability. All programs are designed to be fully financially sustained by local ministries of health in 3-5 years of the program’s inception.
Capacity Building includes the following components:
- Training of key healthcare personnel, who in turn train their staff
- Provision of equipment and supplies based on a comprehensive joint assessment
- Computerization of vaccination reporting systems