From delivering vaccines to the hardest to reach in some of the world’s poorest countries, to influencing global health and development policies, civil society organisations help to advance Gavi’s vision of a world where vaccines are available to all
Civil society organisations (CSOs) - including non-government organisations, advocacy organisations, a range of professional and community associations, faith-based organisations, and academia - are important Gavi partners across a wide spectrum of activities.
Reaching the unreached and strengthening health systems
CSOs, in partnership with governments, are important actors in implementing immunisation programmes, delivering up to 65% of immunisation services in many developing countries, strengthening health systems, training health workers, and supporting logistics and vaccine delivery.
Advancing equity is an important aim of Gavi’s health system strengthening support. Remote communities, and minority and marginalised groups represent the last 15-20% of the population that all too often elude immunisation campaigns. Civil society is vital in delivering health services and immunisation to those who need them the most.
Influencing public policy
Gavi remains committed to strengthening its partnership with civil society ... as we seek to deliver on the promise to immunise a quarter of a billion children and saving almost 4 million lives by 2015.
Dr Seth Berkley, Gavi Chief Executive Officer
Civil society is influential in the formulation of national health policy, and in shaping global health and aid policy debates on issues such as women’s health, aid effectiveness, and access to medicines.
CSOs often bring to light and advocate for these issues to ensure that global health and development continue to save children’s lives and protect people’s health.
Supporting resource mobilisation
Securing predictable donor funding, including from emerging economies and the private sector, is important for extending immunisation services and improving child health. Furthermore, increasing national spending on health and immunisation by implementing country governments is important for ensuring the long-term sustainability of immunisation programmes and access to health.
As communities demand more immunisation and health services, CSOs are a powerful voice in urging governments, donors, and the private sector, in the North and South, to invest sustainably in child health and immunisation. In addition, CSOs play an important role in encouraging these stakeholders to deliver on their commitments.
Ensuring transparency and accountability
Civil society has an important role in bridging the gap between governments or global health actors such as Gavi and communities, by representing the voice of communities and the issues that affect them.
To this end, CSOs play a positive role in supporting governments, donors, and other global health actors to be responsive to the needs of communities. They also encourage all stakeholders to be more accountable and transparent in their actions.
Role in Gavi Governance
Through their active participation in Gavi’s governance, CSOs provide input to ensure that the Vaccine Alliance’s programmes and policies are robust and that the Vaccine Alliance maintains a high level of transparency, accountability, and responsiveness.
Currently, CSOs have one seat on the Gavi Board and participate in Board committees and Board/Secretariat task teams. For more information, please see Civil Society Constituency.