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31 July 2015

Gavi item

17 July 2015

India pentavalent scale-up 2014

New coverage figures show more children than ever being reached with immunisation in poorest countries

Coverage trends heading in right direction but major differences remain between countries.

07 July 2015

Ebola statement

Gavi to support rebuilding of immunisation programmes in Ebola-affected countries

Worryingly low immunisation rates risk further deaths as Ebola recedes.

23 March 2014

Sports Relief

UK public support for Sport Relief to help vaccinate children in Africa and Asia

Support for GAVI Alliance in the race to immunise children announced at London 2012 Olympic stadium.

04 November 2013

Ghana HPV launch

Ghana to vaccinate girls against HPV with GAVI support

School girls in four districts to be immunised against leading cause of cervical cancer.

07 August 2013

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At Dakar conference, countries showcase increased efforts to fund their own immunisation programs

Sabin Vaccine Institute convenes government officials to discuss progress on sustainable immunization financing programs (News release: Sabin Vaccine Institute).

29 May 2013

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Vaccines against cervical cancer and rubella to benefit health of women and girls

Two new vaccines that help protect against cervical cancer, measles and rubella spearhead the GAVI Alliance’s commitment to improving the health of girls and women.

28 May 2013

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Voices from the Global Forum on Cervical Cancer Prevention

Over 400 Government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, NGOs and corporate leaders gathered for the first-ever Global Forum on Cervical Cancer Prevention on 27 May.

14 May 2013

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Kenya first country to protect girls against cervical cancer with GAVI support

Kenya becomes the first country to protect girls against cervical cancer with GAVI-supported human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.

08 May 2013

GAVI HPV Vaccine Infographic

11 April 2013

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GAVI review of health system strengthening in Sierra Leone

GAVI’s Transparency & Accountability Policy Team (TAP) has finalised its Audit of Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) in Sierra Leone and the findings have been officially communicated to the Government.

25 February 2013

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Statement on Ms Zainab Bangura and GAVI’s review of Sierra Leone

The GAVI Alliance has been requested by Ms Zainab Hawa Bangura, a former Minister of Health of Sierra Leone, to clarify certain details of its on-going review of GAVI Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) funding support to Sierra Leone.

04 February 2013

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GAVI funds vaccines to protect girls against cervical cancer

More than 180,000 girls in eight developing countries are set to receive protection against the leading cause of cervical cancer thanks to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines funded by the GAVI Alliance.

06 December 2012

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GAVI awards countries and advocates for accelerating access to life-saving vaccines

The GAVI Alliance celebrated the accomplishments of 12 countries in increasing access to immunisation during a ceremony last night at the GAVI Partners’ Forum. The ceremony was hosted by the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Tanzanian radio host Taji Liunn.

28 November 2012

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Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary

22 November 2012

GAVI reviews health system support to Sierra Leone

In-depth review of health system strengthening (HSS) support launched.

12 November 2012

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Vaccines to prevent pneumonia deaths reaching poor countries in record time

A vaccine against the leading cause of pneumonia is protecting millions more children in developing countries, according to figures compiled to mark the fourth World Pneumonia Day.

05 October 2012

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Useful information

Useful information for anyone attending the Partners' Forum in Tanzania: Climate, Passports & Visas, Health, Safety, General behaviour in public, Currency, Tipping, Electricity, Shopping

14 June 2012

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Child Survival Call to Action, conference goal

High-level conference on child survival kicks-off with a goal of ending all preventable child deaths around the world in a generation.

30 March 2012

British comedian John Bishop visits Sierra Leone childrens hospital for Comic Relief

Comedian John Bishop witnessing the anguish preventable illnesses, like diarrhoea and pneumonia, can cause while visiting the only children's hospital in Sierra Leone. Bishop cycled, rowed and ran more than 295 miles from Paris to London in five days, raising funds for vaccines. 2012-03-30 Video-Vimeo Spo

30 March 2012

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Comic Relief increases its grant to GAVI

Total of £5 million thanks to Sport Relief and Gates Foundation.

19 March 2012

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Comic Relief goes the distance for immunisation

Comic Relief, the hugely popular UK charity, is gearing up for a marathon of events over the next week as part of its Sport Relief fundraising campaign, with a portion of the proceeds going toward child immunisation through the GAVI Alliance.

10 November 2011

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New studies show progress, value in vaccination against deadly pneumonia

Advances lauded as Malawi becomes next developing country to introduce pneumococcal vaccine on Saturday - World Pneumonia Day.
 

15 October 2011

Ethiopia pneumo launch

GAVI Alliance partners to tackle childhood killer in Ethiopia

Largest introduction to date of life-saving pneumococcal vaccines to be provided to Ethiopian children.

27 September 2011

Accelerating Africa's access to rotavirus vaccine

Sudan's introduction of rotavirus vaccine earlier this year signalled the start of a wave of African countries ready to counter the world's leading cause of diarrhoeal deaths with GAVI support. In September, the Alliance approved funding for 12 more African countries to introduce the rotavirus vaccine.

19 September 2011

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Leaders call for new approach to women’s health

Government, UN and civil society leaders today called for a new approach to women’s healthcare to address the devastating impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases in low and middle-income countries.

12 September 2011

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EC makes further commitment to saving lives

The European Commission pledges an additional 20 million Euros to support GAVI's vaccination programmes in Africa and the Caribbean and Pacific regions.

17 July 2011

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Milestone in preventing child deaths from diarrhoea in Africa

GAVI Alliance supports African introduction of rotavirus vaccines against the leading cause of severe infant diarrhoea.

30 June 2011

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Pneumococcal vaccines introduced in three more African countries

The Governments of Central African Republic, Benin and Cameroon will introduce vaccines in the coming weeks to combat pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children worldwide.

08 June 2011

Sierra Leone - Mothers and doctors appeal for immunisation

Sierra Leone has one of the world's highest infant mortality rates. Mothers and doctors give an emotional appeal to donors to support two new vaccines to fight pneumonia and diarrhoea.

07 June 2011

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Cures are wonderful; prevention would be even better

Doune Porter, PATH, reports from Sierra Leone, where diseases such as diarrhoea, pneumonia, and malaria, often combined with malnutrition, take the heaviest toll on young children.

18 May 2011

GAVI intervention under the GIVS agenda item

Managing Director, Programme Delivery, GAVI Alliance, Mercy Ahun, delivers a speech during the World Health Assembly, highlighting GAVI's contribution to the WHO's 'Global Immunization Vision and Strategy'.

05 April 2011

Honduras tackles leading killer of children

Pneumococcal vaccines introduced in seventh GAVI-eligible country.

04 April 2011

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DR Congo introduces new vaccine against one of its leading causes of child death

In an effort to drastically improve the chances of children reaching their fifth birthday, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today stepped up its immunization programme by including vaccines to combat pneumonia.

22 March 2011

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Immunisation key to cancer prevention

One fifth of all cases of cancer are caused by chronic infections like hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV) but vaccines exist to prevent both diseases.

10 March 2011

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Co-financing of GAVI vaccines on the increase

Since 2008, the number of countries required to co-finance new and underused vaccines supplied by GAVI has nearly doubled from 26 to 47 in 2010.

16 February 2011

GAVI’s vaccine programmes a breakthrough in child health

In this exclusive commentary piece for GAVI, Canadian MP and physician Dr. Keith Martin underlines the public health value of vaccines in tackling pneumonia in developing countries.

14 February 2011

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Kenya marks global roll out of pneumococcal vaccine

Hundreds of infants in Kenya received their first shots against pneumococcal disease today at a special event to celebrate the global roll out of vaccines targeting the world's biggest child killer -- pneumonia.

29 January 2011

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Introduction of pneumococcal vaccines in Yemen

Doune Porter, PATH, writes about the historic roll-out of the pneumococcal vaccine in Yemen.

30 July 2009

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GAVI role in ever-growing demand for pentavalent

Despite the advantages of the 5-in-1 pentavalent vaccine, political will to drive widespread roll-out was lacking -- until GAVI support played a key role in changing market conditions.

08 September 2008

Two million people successfully vaccinated in Abidjan following a yellow fever outbreak

Yellow Fever epidemic contained after combined efforts from the Yellow Fever Partnership to vaccinate over 2.2 million people in the Ivorian capital.

16 May 2007

Global health partners mobilize to counter yellow fever

$58 million GAVI contribution to prevent highly contagious disease in 12 West African nations.

13 December 2006

The fight against yellow fever - a global mobilisation for Sub-Saharan Africa

AMP and partners convene first seminar-workshop in Bamako, Mali, to organise fight against yellow fever in Central and Western Africa.

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