The GAVI Alliance High-Level Meeting on Financing Country Demand took place from 25-26 March 2010 at The Hague, Netherlands
GAVI Alliance donors met in The Hague on March 25-26 2010 for the first High-Level Meeting on Financing Country Demand.
At the meeting, which was kindly hosted by the Government of The Netherlands, GAVI presented new evidence showing the cost-effectiveness of immunisation as a means to improve health and achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Rising demand for GAVI-funded vaccines
GAVI explained that, with the continued support of its donors, the Alliance has the potential to help developing countries avert an additional 4.2 million premature deaths by 2015.
Experts from the developing world explained how GAVI's support is saving lives and strengthening health systems.
Building strong immunisation platforms
According to the World Health Organization, GAVI support to more than 70 developing countries from 2000-2009 has helped reach more than 256 million additional children with vaccines and prevented five million premature deaths.
GAVI is now ready to further improve the strong immunisation platforms it has helped build in the poorest countries by introducing new vaccines against the two biggest killers of children - pneumonia and diarrhoea.
Joint session with Global Fund
In order to save time and money, GAVI's High-Level Meeting on Financing Country Demand was held in the same location and same week as the first meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's Third Voluntary Replenishment from March 23-25.
The two organisations held a joint session on aid effectiveness and health system strengthening. GAVI and the Global Fund are working to develop a more coordinated approach to health system strengthening, together with WHO and the World Bank.
The GAVI Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrialised and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.
Chair's summary from HLM on Financing Country Demand
The Evidence Base
Financing country demand for accelerated access to new and underused vaccines, 2010-2015
Comparision of contribution models
GAVI factsheet: financing country demand for life-saving vaccines: English | French | German