December 4, 2012

GAVI Alliance Partners Forum starts tomorrow

A nurse in Ghana holds a vial of rotavirus vaccine at Dodowa new town health outreach point. 

GAVI Alliance CEO Seth Berkley vaccinates a child with rotavirus vaccine at Nkyeona village in Ghana.


GAVI Alliance CEO Seth Berkley poses for photo among group of children in Ghana

President Jakaya Kikwete is expected to officiate three days GAVI Alliance Partners’ Forum that brings together more than 650 global health and government leaders Dar es Salaam tomorrow, the Forum expected to explore ways to accelerate Results, Innovation, Sustainability and Equity in the field of immunization.

This is the first time for the forum to be held in Tanzania and third in Africa since GAVI Alliance launched in 2000, numbers of world dignitaries are expected to attend the forum, among them are Graca Machel, Yvonne Chaka Chaka: Singer and Humanitarian, Flavia Bustreo: Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, WHO to mention just few, since its inception GAVI Allience with vision to saving children’s lives and protecting peoples health by increasing access to immunisation in developing countries, has helped to prevent more than 5.5 million deaths from hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenza type B, measles, pertussis, pneumococcal disease, polio, rotavirus and yellow fever in more than 73 countries.

The GAVI Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing access to immunisation in developing countries. The Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists. GAVI uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, GAVI has financed the immunisation of an additional 370 million children and prevented more than 5.5 million premature deaths.

GAVI is funded by governments (Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States), the European Commission, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as private and corporate partners (Absolute Return for Kids, Anglo American plc, The Children's Investment Fund Foundation, Comic Relief, His Highness Sheikh Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, JP Morgan, "la Caixa" Foundation, LDS Charities).

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