IVI and Sweden


IVI Member State

On 2 April 1997 Ambassador Peter Osvald, Permanent representative of Sweden to United Nations in New York, signed the IVI Establishment Agreement. On that same day, the government of Sweden ratified the Agreement.


Swedish Leadership

The government of Sweden is represented on the IVI Board of Trustees by Dr. Catharina Maijgren Steffensson, Associate Director and Medical Director of Nordics Sarepta Therapeutics.

Previous representatives:

Dr. Ros-Mari Bålöw, 2017-2018

Dr. Viveka Persson, 2011-2016

Prof. Ann-Mari Larsdotter Svennerholm, 2008 & 2010

Prof. Ragnar Norrby, 2004-2011, 2012

Prof. Jan Holmgren, 2001-2006


State Funder

Since 2002, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has contributed annual program funding to IVI. Sida currently contributes approximately $1 million USD annually.


Cholera Vaccine Development

IVI’s Oral Cholera Vaccine originates from a formula developed at the University of Gothenburg.