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Explore in-depth feature stories from 2012 illustrating the impact of Gavi and its partners.
14 December 2012
Seth Berkley visits DR Congo to view progress on immunisation
The twofold objective of Dr Berkley’s visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo was to gain a better understanding of what drives increases in immunisation coverage in a large fragile country and to advise on the scaling-up of pneumococcal vaccines. Meetings with various partners, including government ministers, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and DR Congo’s vibrant civil society allowed vigorous discussion of how best to provide financial sustainability for immunisation.
10 December 2012
GAVI partners with Vodafone to bolster the supply chain in Africa
With innovative in-kind initiative, mobile communications leader becomes newest GAVI Matching Fund partner, triggering US$ 1.5 match from the UK
07 December 2012
Hans Rosling at the Partners' Forum
Professor Hans Rosling, co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation, doctor and professor of international health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, presents "Immunisation and Development" at the Plenary Session Partners’ Forum in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
“Best ever” Partners’ Forum says goodbye to Tanzania
The 5th Partners’ Forum formally closed after three days of discussion about Results, Innovation, Sustainability and Equity
06 December 2012
GAVI Past, Present and Future - Seth Berkley's opening plenary
With the Partners’ Forum now officially up and running in Dar, Dr Seth Berkley delivered a visionary speech this morning touching on GAVI’s past, present and future. Read the key excerpts.
05 December 2012
GAVI CEO and partners visit Zanzibar (gallery with audio)
Image gallery with audio of GAVI CEO Dr Seth Berkley and a group of Alliance partners visiting health care clinics where immunization sessions and maternal health care services have helped raise immunisation coverage from 78% in 2007 to 92% in 2011.
Day One of the GAVI Alliance Partners' Forum
Sessions included a Forum on CSO partnership and a discussion on routine immunisation in South East Asia. Later, ONE.org gave an award. Faith-based organisations had breakfast and MPs came together to advocate for immunisation.
03 December 2012
Historic trade centre Zanzibar recognises value of vaccines
Decades ago Zanzibar’s traders were quick to recognise a solid return on investment. Centuries later, their descendants are united in their recognition of the value of vaccines: from mothers and fathers to nurses and officials.
16 November 2012
GAVI marks World Prematurity Day
Preterm birth is the world's largest killer of newborn babies, causing more than 1 million deaths each year. 75% of those deaths could be saved with proven, cost-effective measures.
15 November 2012
GAVI supports new vaccines for Myanmar’s children
Delegation of Australian and New Zealand politicians attends launch and sees first-hand the challenges facing the Southeast Asian country following years of isolation.
05 November 2012
Madagascar mobilises health workers to introduce pneumococcal vaccine
Immunisation against primary cause of pneumonia kickstarts celebration of Mother and Child Health Week
01 November 2012
British Airways launches campaign to fund immunisation
British Airways launch a dynamic in-flight campaign to help raise funds for immunisation in developing countries – a collaboration with GAVI Matching Fund partner Comic Relief.
26 October 2012
Pentavalent vaccine to protect children in Timor Leste
Children in Timor Leste are set to receive protection from five major childhood diseases after the country’s introduction of pentavalent vaccine as part of its national immunisation programme.
12 October 2012
Immunisation lauded as engine for economic growth
Child immunisation has the power to fundamentally change the economic progress of developing countries even beyond the basic benefit of saving lives and improving health.
11 October 2012
Congo introduces vaccine against pneumonia
The Republic of Congo has taken a big step in improving child health by introducing the pneumococcal vaccine, which protects children against one of the leading causes of pneumonia.
GAVI initiatives applauded in Japan
GAVI’s success in partnering with the private sector highlighted at a global health symposium of Japanese companies in Tokyo.
10 October 2012
Dagfinn Høybråten thanks GAVI advocate Bono
GAVI Board Chair meets with Bono and European Commissioner for Development on Brussels visit
28 September 2012
GAVI and Global Poverty Project talk vaccines at Global Citizen Festival
Global Poverty Project CEO Hugh Evans and GAVI’s Seth Berkley talk about the power of vaccines ahead of the The Global Citizen Festival, an historic webcast and broadcast concert in Central Park, New York.
25 September 2012
GAVI surpasses commitment to Clinton Global Initiative
GAVI has raised more than double the amount of money it promised to secure from the private sector under a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, strengthening GAVI’s ability to provide pneumococcal and other lifesaving vaccines to developing countries.
24 September 2012
Global Fund and Huffington Post make Big Push for global health goals
The Global Fund, in partnership with the Huffington Post, has launched ‘The Big Push’ digital campaign to help maintain momentum toward three global health goals: no child born with HIV, no deaths from mosquito bites, tuberculosis (TB) treatment for all.
Seth Berkley addresses UN High Level Panel on post-2015 development agenda
GAVI CEO Seth Berkley talk’s health with the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons tasked with preparing a global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals.
19 September 2012
GAVI showcases innovative financing mechanisms to Convergence 2015
Director of Programme Funding Team highlights benefits of GAVI business model to 200 of France’s leading development specialists.
12 September 2012
China ready to expand collaboration with GAVI
Health Minister Professor Chen Zhu marked the Chinese Government’s first high-level meeting with the GAVI Alliance on Monday by signalling China’s willingness to expand collaboration with the Alliance.
31 July 2012
GAVI Alliance thanks France
GAVI Alliance’s CEO looks forward to working with the French Minister for Development to improve maternal and child health.
27 July 2012
Pneumococcal vaccine launched in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe 18th GAVI-eligible country to roll out pneumococcal vaccines in the developing world since 2010
12 July 2012
DPR Korea introduces pentavalent vaccine
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will continue to co-finance GAVI vaccines.
05 July 2012
Seth Berkley outlines innovations in health financing
GAVI CEO emphasises importance of long-term sustainable funding for vaccines at high-level Ministerial conference.
15 June 2012
Governments and CSOs pledge to end preventable child deaths
Governments and Civil Society Organisation both sign pledges to work towards ending preventable child deaths by 2035, bringing the Child Survival Call to Action meeting to a successful conclusion.
14 June 2012
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.
Hillary Clinton, birthplace should not affect survival of a child
Addressing a gathering of global leaders on child and maternal health, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton describes the child mortality gap between rich and poor countries as "shocking".
Faith-based organisations, saving lives is our issue
As 'centre of life' for many African communities, faith-based organisations are well-placed to teach benefits of life-saving health interventions like vaccines and bed nets.
13 June 2012
‘Report Card’ shows GAVI delivering on the promise
One year on from Pledging Conference for Immunisation, GAVI lists its key results and challenges.
12 June 2012
GAVI commends LDS Church for US$ 1.5 million gift
Donation to be doubled under GAVI Matching Fund as immunisation becomes major Church initiative.
08 June 2012
Tackling deadliest diseases for world’s poorest children can yield huge gains – UNICEF
A new report from UNICEF focuses on the huge potential to narrow the child survival gap between the richest and the poorest by focusing on pneumonia and diarrhoea – the two primary
killers of children under the age of five.
Nigeria launches pentavalent vaccine
Nigerian vaccine introductions set to save as many as 30,000 child lives every year following this year’s launch of the pentavalent vaccine and next year’s launch of the pneumococcal vaccine.
25 May 2012
194 countries endorse landmark Global Vaccine Action Plan
New strategy is expected to accelerate the achievement of UN MDG4, a two thirds reduction in child mortality between 1990 and 2015.
23 May 2012
Seth Berkley highlights 19 million children missing out on vaccines
GAVI CEO's speech to National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases focuses on need for equity in vaccine coverage.
G8 report praises GAVI and catalytic use of innovative financing
Accountability report singles out GAVI for its 'unified focus', IFFIm as a 'catalytic success story' and and the AMC as a 'game-changer'.
GAVI CEO – We will focus on countries with low coverage
Tailored approach required to ensure routine immunisation reaches 19.3 million children who miss out every year.
22 May 2012
Senegal Health Minister highlights key role of immunisation
Vaccines play key role in Senegal's dramatic reduction in child mortality.
Fauci: forging closer ties with GAVI
Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks about the relationship between the National Institute of Health and GAVI.
21 May 2012
Chinese vaccine production to revolutionise the market
Dr Margaret Chan highlights China's potential for increased vaccine production at lower prices following WHO approval of national vaccine regulator.
Immunisation eyes future with innovation
Dr.Chris Elias, President of the BMGF’s Global Development Program, discusses the role of innovation in delivering vaccines to the hard-to-reach.
16 May 2012
World Health Assembly to welcome as many as 3,000 participants
Ministers, experts, and other delegates to discuss Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), GAVI progress, non-communicable diseases, Millennium Development Goals, and other issues.
10 May 2012
Diary of a vaccine monitor
As a programme officer with the GAVI Alliance, Nilgun Aydogan is responsible not only for helping south Asian countries apply for funding to introduce life-saving vaccines but also for monitoring the effectiveness of their immunisation programmes.
04 May 2012
Praise from Washington for Ghana vaccine rollout
Ghanaian Immunization Panel on Thursday night addressed Ghana’s successful rollout of two vaccines simultaneously last week.
02 May 2012
The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth
New global report: 15 million babies born too soon, over 1 million die each year.
30 April 2012
LDS Church rallies support for historic vaccine rollouts in Ghana
Volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rallied support for the introduction of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines at the same time.
24 April 2012
Global partners launch new plan to control and eliminate measles and rubella
Partners leading efforts to control measles announce a new global strategy aimed at reducing measles deaths and congenital rubella syndrome to zero (Joint American Red Cross/CDC/UN Foundation/UNICEF/ WHO press release).
USAID’s Shah calls for zero preventable deaths
Launching the “Every Child Deserves a Fifth Birthday” social media campaign in Washington, the head of the United States Agency for International Development gives a sneak peek of his vision for a world with zero child deaths from preventable diseases.
23 April 2012
Haiti celebrates post-earthquake vaccine success story
Just two years after a catastrophic earthquake shattered its public health system, Haiti has marked the launch of World Immunization Week by launching a nationwide vaccination campaign.
20 April 2012
USAID launches Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday campaign
Wanted: photos from your fifth birthday, or a photo of you or your kids at age five. Social media campaign will culminate in Child Survival: Call to Action meeting in June.
Ghana's vaccine heroes make public health history
From health workers to paediatricians, 100s of Ghanians have played a frontline role in making their country the first in Africa to simultaneously introduce pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines. Six of Ghana’s vaccine heroes describe what it takes to rewrite public health history.
17 April 2012
IVAC identifies solutions to Nigeria childhood mortality crisis
A study released today by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has identified the most feasible and impactful solutions for Nigeria’s immunisation programme that could offer the best hope yet for scaling up vaccine access to the nation’s most rural areas and taking aim at the country’s precipitous number of child deaths.
16 April 2012
European Parliament Magazine highlights immunisation
20-page supplement on vaccines, immunisation and GAVI.
13 April 2012
Atletico Madrid partners with “la Caixa” to support GAVI programmes
Funds raised from fans, partners under GAVI Matching Fund will be doubled.
04 April 2012
International parliamentarians commit to immunisation
A panel of democratically-elected representatives from around the world has committed to advocating for vaccines and immunisation, recognising that the technology is cost-effective in reducing maternal and child mortality.
30 March 2012
Why Ghana applied to introduce two vaccines
Health official and EPI reveal why Ghana took the unprecedented decision to introduce pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines simultaneously.
Comic Relief increases its grant to GAVI
Total of £5 million thanks to Sport Relief and Gates Foundation.
28 March 2012
Myanmar measles campaign, dress rehearsal for measles 2nd dose and pentavalent rollouts
Nationwide catch-up campaign prepares ground for introduction of new life-saving vaccines in 2012.
21 March 2012
Ghana to introduce rotavirus, pneumococcal vaccines together
The Ghana Health Service is gearing up for an extraordinary joint introduction of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines.
Obama, Cameron cite GAVI as a cost-effective investment
President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron reaffirmed their mutual commitment to improving the lives of the world’s poorest people through the U.S.-UK Partnership for Global Development.
Australia's crucial role in saving lives
GAVI CEO Dr Seth Berkley delivers an in-depth speech outlining
the crucial role Australian funding will play in saving lives in the
19 March 2012
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.
15 March 2012
Mozambique Deputy Health Minister acknowledges GAVI support
High-level meeting rounds-off Dr. Seth Berkley’s successful visit to Maputo.
12 March 2012
“Miracle of Vaccines” will help deliver on Africa development
Seth Berkley speech underlines broader consequences of vaccination for economic development.
02 March 2012
HPV vaccine inventor Ian Frazer sees his idea become reality
Not many scientists live to see vaccine development from basic science all the way through to clinical trials and country introductions, says Professor Ian Frazer, inventor of a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), the infection that causes cervical cancer.
21 February 2012
Q and A on Nigeria’s introduction of MenAfriVac
Interview with Muhammad Sani Adamu, Head of Accelerated Disease Control in Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency, who played a key role in rolling out the new vaccine against meningitis A, MenAfriVac, to Nigeria’s northern states.
20 February 2012
Vaccines: the moral imperative to act
Interview with GAVI Alliance Board Chairman Dagfinn Høybråten on Voice of America.
09 February 2012
Seth Berkley recognises India’s growing role in vaccine science
GAVI CEO visits Genome Valley, Indian pharmaceutical industry’s equivalent of Silicon Valley, to receive special award.
03 February 2012
GAVI's role in preventing cancer
Information about how vaccines against hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV) help to protect against liver and cervical cancers.
01 February 2012
Matching Fund partner ARK works to defeat rotavirus
ARK launches first comprehensive anti-diarrhoea programme in Zambia.
26 January 2012
Global Health and Diplomacy calls GAVI’s support for HPV a major step forward
New publication launched at Davos
highlights GAVI's support as a major step foward for equity in women's
25 January 2012
Bill Gates announces first Vaccine Innovation Award
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced the first Gates Vaccine Innovation Award recipient in his fourth annual letter, published on Wednesday.
24 January 2012
Bill Gates acknowledges EU support for GAVI
Speech to European Parliament Development Committee calls on EU to main development support.
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