Call for Action and Resources October 2010

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Meeting in New York in October 2010, Gavi donors and partners agree to first pledging conference in June 2011 and announce early commitments

Saving children’s lives - NY 2010

First pledging conference

Gavi donors and partners agreed to convene a first pledging conference in June 2011 to ensure that the global health partnership has the necessary funding to introduce new vaccines against the two biggest killers of children – pneumonia and diarrhoea.

The strong commitment to Gavi’s first pledging process was made at a well attended high-level meeting today entitled Saving children’s lives – a call for action and resources for the Vaccine Alliance. 

US$4.3 billion to scale-up immunisation programmes

Despite the financial crisis, let’s surprise everyone next June by ensuring that Gavi gets the funding it needs.

Mary Robinson, former Chair of the Gavi Board

Chaired by the Governments of the United States and Norway, meeting participants discussed ways to fund programmes to avert an estimated 4.2 million future deaths through immunisation. 

Gavi needs to raise US$4.3 billion to scale-up immunisation programmes between 2010 and 2015. 

Collective responsibility

Mary Robinson, Chair of the Gavi Board, summed up the deliberations by saying, “The right to health is a basic human right and the inequity that exists between those children who are lucky enough to be vaccinated and those who are not is shocking.”

“Every one of us shares a collective responsibility to make a difference. Despite the financial crisis, let’s surprise everyone next June by ensuring that Gavi gets the funding it needs. Gavi’s mission is too important to fail.”

US$ 1 = US$ 18

A study in Health Affairs covering 73 Gavi-supported countries over the 2011–2020 period shows that, for every US$ 1 spent on immunisation, US$ 18 are saved in healthcare costs, lost wages and lost productivity due to illness. If we take into account the broader benefits of people living longer, healthier lives, the return on investment rises to US$ 48 per US$ 1 spent.

Ozawa S, Clark S, Portnoy A et al. Return on investment from childhood immunizations in low- and middle-income countries, 2011-20, Health Affairs 2016

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