African leaders have recognised the importance of immunisation and through the Immunise Africa 2020 Declaration pledge their support for increased investment in the health of Africa’s next generation.
Immunisation is transforming the health of people and communities across Africa, with benefits stretching way beyond an individual’s health. Healthy societies lead to healthy economies. Immunisation is one of the best buys in public health.
The Leaders' Declaration was launched on 8 May 2014 at the World Economic Forum for Africa in Abuja, Nigeria. Africa’s
leaders are endorsing the Declaration’s message of joining together to make smart investments in the growth and development of the African continent.
Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Laureate and former Secretary-General of the UN
"Galvanizing action on immunization is a pre-condition to improving the lives of Africa’s citizens, and providing the brightest future possible for its next generation."
Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank
"By committing to immunisation, African leaders are taking a bold step towards securing their countries' prosperity and economic security."
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of the Republic of Mali
"Investment in health is an investment for all. These easily preventable diseases do not respect borders or boundaries. Africa must act as one and continue to invest in a sustainable and healthy future for all people of our continent."
President Jakaya Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania
"Immunisation represents one of the smartest investments we can make in the health of our citizens."
Mrs Graça Machel, Founder & Chair of the Graça Machel Trust
"Investing in immunisation results in long-term health, social and economic outcomes."
President John Dramani Mahama of the Republic of Ghana
"We are committed to ensuring that vaccine programmes in Ghana will be sustainable and that our children will be protected from potentially fatal diseases."
President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal
"As leaders of this dynamic continent, we will ensure that our children have access to the best, most sustainable technologies to provide them with the best possible start in life."
Dr Richard Sezibera, Secretary General, East Africa Community
"I am delighted to see this expression of commitment to finance immunisation. This is a vital contribution to the future of the continent."
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the Republic of Liberia
"As leaders, responsibilities to our citizens start with saving the lives of children and giving them a decent start in life. I am proud to stand by this declaration; this represents African leadership at its best."
President Mulatu Teshome of Ethiopia
"By endorsing the Declaration, which the Government of Ethiopia does wholeheartedly, I am pleased to reassure you that Ethiopia is determined to access life-saving vaccines for children throughout the whole country. I also would like to declare Ethiopia’s readiness to share the cost with Gavi."