Procurement division supplies the majority of Gavi's vaccines
Country offices help plan and implement Gavi-backed immunisation programmes
As the world's biggest buyer and supplier of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF has a pivotal role both in implementing Gavi-supported country immunisation programmes and shaping the Vaccine Alliance's policies.
In 2009, UNICEF's supply division in Copenhagen (Denmark) procured all the vaccines for Gavi-supported programmes at a total cost of US$ 390 million; UNICEF's total procurement of medical supplies and equipment in 2009 amounted to US$ 1.03 billion delivered to 101 countries.
In addition to vaccines and equipment, the supply division also provides technical assistance and management support to the Vaccine Alliance. It promotes vaccine security by working with manufacturers to ensure a reliable supply of quality and affordable vaccines and with developing governments to assess their vaccine needs.
UNICEF chairs a Cold Chain and Logistics (CCL) Task Force, whose members include Gavi and WHO, to coordinate support to country programmes.
Global Immunization Vision
Role on the Gavi Board
UNICEF has a permanent seat on the Gavi Board, which, until 2007, was chaired by UNICEF's Executive Director (at that time Ann M Veneman). It is a member of Gavi's Executive Committee and committees on Governance and Programmes and Policy. UNICEF also chairs the Gavi Task Force on Advocacy, which seeks to facilitate achievement of Gavi's milestones by strengthening advocacy at the global, regional and country level.
UNICEF, working with WHO, drew up the Global Immunization Vision providing a strategic framework for raising immunisation coverage by 2015. It gives priority to ensuring that children in the hardest-to-reach communities get access to immunisation.
Through its network of country offices, UNICEF works closely with local health managers and WHO to:
- improve the planning and supervision of immunisation activities;
- ensure a regular supply of vaccines;
- support training for health workers.
UNICEF seeks to ensure immunisation is recognised as one essential way to protect the health and future of children and gives particular attention to advocacy and communications.
It works with ministries of health and local leaders, media and civil society to motivate communities and ensure they have accurate, trusted, and reliable information on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.