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June 2011

30 June 2011

From IAVI to GAVI: A Conversation with Seth Berkley on the Future of Vaccines and Global Health

Source: Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker: Seth F. Berkley, Incoming CEO, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI); Presider: Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations.

20 June 2011

How does Africa tackle cervical cancer?

Source: The Guardian

Cancer kills more people worldwide that AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria together - but most of Africa doesn't even have a word for it. So where should Africa's medical profession start in the bid to increase screening?

19 June 2011

Routine clinics key to babies’ survival

Source: The East African | Kevin Rudd

While the task of delivering routine child immunisation equitably across the globe is easier to say than do, it is within our grasp. However, over the past 10 years, GAVI, working with stakeholders such as governments and health services, private philanthropists, civil society and multilateral organisations, pharmaceutical suppliers and financiers has started making inroads.

15 June 2011

Rwanda Government Welcomes US$ 4.3 Billion Vaccination Pledge


The Minister of Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho has welcomed the recent commitment by donors to allocate US$ 4.3 billion to immunisation.

14 June 2011

Donors pledge $4.3B to help global child vaccine program

Source: CNN

Over $4.3 billion was pledged by major public and private donors at a conference in London on Monday to aid projects vaccinating children in developing countries. The conference -- co-hosted by the British Government and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) -- had hoped to raise $3.7 billion.

14 June 2011

Vaccine funding: immunising children 'world's greatest health success'

Source: The Telegraph

David Cameron has announced a new £814 million funding boost to vaccinate more than 80 million children against diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea. Here are some facts about the drive to immunise.

14 June 2011

Vaccine Funding Gap Plugged

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Large donations from the U.K., Norway and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helped a global vaccine charity raise $4.3 billion at a summit Monday, exceeding its targets and allowing it to carry out all its immunization plans through 2015.

13 June 2011

Can a Gavi conference help a lone nurse in rural Madagascar?

Source: The Guardian

Health workers are helping to increase child vaccination levels in poor countries, but they need more than just syringes and vials.

13 June 2011

Vaccine funding: UK to give additional £814m

Source: The Guardian

David Cameron says aid will help to save 1.4m lives from preventable conditions such as pneumonia and diarrhoea.

13 June 2011

Gates and UK pledge $2.3 billion for vaccines for poor

Source: Reuters

Billionaire Bill Gates and Britain pledged $2.3 billion at an international donor conference on Monday to fund vaccination programs to protect children in poor countries against diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia.

13 June 2011

Vaccines Save Lives: Every Child, Everywhere

Source: Huffington Post | Bill Gates

Today we get to celebrate a significant milestone for global health equity. The GAVI Alliance, an organization that helps make sure children in poor countries get the same vaccines that children in rich countries do, just met its fundraising target for the next four years.

13 June 2011

Why the London Vaccine Summit Is a Triumph for Global Health

Source: TIME

When the media writes about vaccines in the U.S. and Europe, usually we're reporting on the endless controversy over whether some vaccines cause autism. (Short answer: they don't.) That's the luxury of wealth and health — thanks in no small part to the 20th-century legacy of mass vaccinations, virtually no parent in the developed world needs to worry that their child will be carried off by measles or rubella or polio or any of the other childhood diseases that once terrorized families. Vaccination is almost certainly the greatest triumph in the history of public health, even if it's one that many otherwise intelligent people feel free to turn their backs on.

13 June 2011

Bill Gates and others pledge $4.3 billion for vaccines for children in poor countries

Source: LA Times

Bill Gates, the Microsoft cofounder who has recently been focusing most of his efforts on philanthropy, joined several world leaders to pledge billions for vaccines for children in poor countries. "This is absolutely human generosity at its finest," Gates told reporters Monday at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization conference in London.

13 June 2011

United States pledges multi-year contribution to reduce immunization cost

Source: Reliefweb

Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), released the following statement to announce an increased U.S. commitment to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). "I am pleased to announce that the United States will continue one of the best, most cost-effective life-saving investments we have ever made.

13 June 2011

$4.3 Billion Pledged at Vaccine Fund-Raiser

Source: New York Times

Public and private donors have pledged $4.3 billion toward vaccinating children against a variety of diseases, according to the GAVI Alliance, which held its first fund-raising conference for vaccines in London on Monday.

13 June 2011

Speech by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director at GAVI Replenishing Event

Source: UNICEF

UNICEF is proud to be a founding member of the GAVI Alliance. We intend to strengthen our support because GAVI’s success is our success, all of our success, in saving children’s lives. Let me explain why.

09 June 2011

Dramatic fall in cases of meningitis A after new vaccine introduction

Source: WHO

Six months after the successful introduction of a new vaccine aimed at eliminating the primary cause of meningitis epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger report the lowest number of confirmed meningitis A cases ever recorded during an epidemic season.

09 June 2011

More vaccines for poor could save 6.4 million lives

Source: Reuters

Millions of children's lives and billions of dollars could be saved if vaccines were more widely available in 72 of the world's poorest countries, according to research published on Thursday.

09 June 2011

Government to match vaccine pledges

Source: Press Association

The Government is set to promise to match millions of pounds in donations by businesses to fund vaccines against illnesses for children in the developing world. Up to £50 million of public money will be set aside for the scheme, with the Government matching business donations up to that amount, the Department for International Development (Dfid) said.

07 June 2011

In Madagascar, UNICEF and GAVI work to protect health gains for young children

Source: UNICEF

It is late morning at Ankariera health centre. The small three-room clinic -- the only facility in a 10 km radius -- is ready for a busy day. UNICEF, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the World Health Organization are working to keep the national immunization programme operational and give every child the protection he or she needs from deadly yet preventable diseases such as tetanus and hepatitis B.

07 June 2011

A few drops will save our children’s lives

Source: Daily Nation

Every day, children die needlessly from a little-known disease with a devastating impact. But this past week, there is new cause for optimism. Children in developing countries will get access to a vaccine. The GAVI Alliance has been offered a significant price reduction for rotavirus vaccines by a pharmaceutical company, and now has plans to rapidly accelerate its financial support for rotavirus vaccines.

07 June 2011

GAVI's Future: Steps to Build Strategic Leadership, Financial Sustainability, and Better Partnerships

Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies

On June 13, the GAVI Alliance convenes its first pledging conference in London with the aim of securing $3.7 billion to immunize an additional 4 million children by 2015. Founded in 2000, GAVI is an innovative partnership that combines donors, partner governments, UNICEF, WHO, civil society, and the private sector.

06 June 2011

Drug firms cut vaccine prices to the developing world

Source: BBC Online News | Business

Several major drugs companies have announced big cuts to the amounts they charge for their vaccines in the developing world.

06 June 2011

Vaccine price cuts win praise - but £2.2bn funding gap remains

Source: The Guardian

Several large drug firms have announced big cuts to the amounts they charge for their vaccines in the developing world.

06 June 2011

UK to match private donations to vaccine body

Source: Financial Times

The UK will match tens of millions of pounds in private sector donations to fund immunisation programmes in the developing world, in a drive to generate international support for 250m extra vaccinations over the next four years.

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