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29 November 2007

GAVI Alliance announces dramatic funding boost for Hib vaccine

Vaccine against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) forms part of a US$ 400 million commitment to bring new and under-used vaccines to 34 million poor children.

28 November 2007

First year results - IFFIm provides US$ 1 billion to prevent disease

Nearly US$ 1 billion is being injected into life-saving vaccines and health services in developing countries as a result of the bond issuance by the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) one year ago this month – the first such bond issuance with its proceeds provided to countries as grants for a specific development purpose.

24 September 2007

Mary Robinson and Madeleine Albright host fellow world leaders and financial luminaries at event to support the GAVI Alliance

International dignitaries in New York convene to recognise progress of global immunisation in combating death toll among poorest children.

05 September 2007

Statement of support for International Health Partnership

Joint international health partners' statement on behalf of the GAVI Alliance, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), UNICEF, United Nations Population Fund, World Bank and the World Health Organization.

28 June 2007

Hib vaccine - critical in Asia's effort to reduce child deaths

New study shows Hib vaccine protects children from significant burden of life-threatening pneumonia and meningitis.

31 May 2007

Bond investors speed up access to life saving vaccines

Backed by six European nations, US$1 billion inaugural bond launch responds to yellow fever threat.

21 May 2007

Cutting-edge science at Amsterdam meeting on infectious diseases

Headlines from Fifth European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health.

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.

15 May 2007

Poorest nations commit funds for life-saving vaccines

Developing country governments join GAVI Alliance in "co-financing" scheme to immunise poor children.

03 May 2007

WHO and UNICEF urge donors and member states to fund and expand use of vaccine vial monitors to ensure effective immunization

The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF announce today a new joint policy statement on the role of vaccine vial monitors (VVMs) in improving access to immunization, on the 10-year anniversary of introduction of VVMs in immunization programmes.

03 April 2007

Increasing immunization rates and new vaccine offer hope for Ethiopian children

A significant step forward to protect children against Hib pneumonia and meningitis.

26 February 2007

Worldwide drive against Measles receives financial “Shot in the Arm”

The United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) announced today that it has received a US$ 139 million contribution from the GAVI Alliance to support the worldwide effort by the Measles Initiative to reduce measles deaths by 90 percent by 2010.

09 February 2007

Five nations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launch Advance Market Commitment for vaccines

US $1.5-billion pilot programme expected to save 5.4 million lives, protecting children from pneumonia, meningitis.

03 February 2007

Sweden makes long-term commitment to save lives of the world’s poorest children

US$ 42 million (SEK 300 million) donation to the GAVI Alliance to support immunisation and improve health systems.

26 January 2007

Immunisation rates hit record high in poor countries

New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that the GAVI Alliance, a groundbreaking global initiative to increase access to children’s vaccines, has brought immunisation rates to record highs in poor countries.

13 December 2006

Ireland boosts health contribution to save world’s poorest children

The GAVI Alliance announced today that the Government of Ireland is to make its largest ever financial contribution to support child immunisation and health systems strengthening in the world’s poorest 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.

29 November 2006

GAVI Alliance announces funding for new vaccines against two major killers of children in poorest nations

The GAVI Alliance announced today it will support the introduction of vaccines against two diseases that kill an estimated 1.5 million children every year in the world’s poorest regions, opening a new era in efforts to cut the time it takes to deliver safe and effective new vaccines to poor nations.

29 November 2006

GAVI Alliance will finance rotavirus vaccines in world’s poorest countries

Investment reduces typical 10 to 15 year timeline for vaccines to reach developing countries.

28 November 2006

Germany joins GAVI Alliance as 17th donor government

Global health experts meet in Berlin to address new development goals during GAVI Alliance and GAVI Fund Board meetings.

15 November 2006

EU Commission scales up fight against childhood disease

The GAVI Alliance is announcing today that the European Commission is committing €10 million in new financing to accelerate access to new and underused vaccines in three low-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.

07 November 2006

International Finance Facility for Immunisation issues inaugural bonds

Efforts to immunise children received a large boost as the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) issued its inaugural bonds today. Proceeds from the bonds will fund health and immunisation programmes through the GAVI Alliance (GAVI) in 70 of the world's poorest countries.

31 October 2006

The Netherlands renews and increases its commitment to the GAVI Alliance

The Minister for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Ms. Agnes van Ardenne, announced today that the Government of the Netherlands is significantly increasing its contribution to the GAVI Alliance. The GAVI Alliance was launched in 2000 to address inequities in access to immunisation and health in the world’s poorest countries. One of the first donor nations to join the Alliance, the Netherlands committed € 70 million to GAVI in its first 5 years. The Dutch government is now pledging nearly € 100 million over the next 4 years for global vaccination and programmes to strengthen health systems through GAVI.

12 October 2006

Cambodia achieves significant boost in immunisation

A new health survey from Cambodia reveals a dramatic increase in the number of children fully vaccinated each year. 

27 September 2006

Health ministers briefed on best health buys in disease control

WHO/PAHO release - Health ministers from the Americas at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Directing Council were briefed today on the Disease Control Priorities project, which outlines the best health investments to reduce the burden of disease in developing countries.

22 September 2006

Rotavirus vaccine demonstration to help accelerate progress against a leading killer of children

The Government of Nicaragua and Merck & Co., Inc. today announced their plans to conduct a demonstration rotavirus vaccine program in Nicaragua. This vaccine’s introduction in a developing country right on the heels of its approval in the developed world is a major milestone for children’s health.

11 August 2006

Australia joins 15 nations in combating vaccine preventable childhood disease

Minister for Foreign Affairs announced the first Australian contribution to the GAVI Alliance global immunisation programmes.

09 August 2006

Routine use of Hib vaccine could lead to virtual elimination of killer disease in Africa

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) today published research showing that, three years after introduction, routine vaccination of infants in Kenya against H. influenzae Type b (Hib) significantly reduced invasive Hib disease rates by 88%.

25 July 2006

China immunises millions of children in historic collaboration between government and GAVI Alliance

Since 2002, China has immunised 11.1 million children in the country’s poorest and most remote western and central provinces against hepatitis B, reducing their risk of developing a deadly and common liver cancer, according to an announcement made today by the Chinese government and the GAVI Alliance.

10 July 2006

GAVI Fund lauds Spain for its contribution to child health

Her Royal Highness the Infanta Doña Cristina and Health Minister Elena Salgado applaud achievements of global immunisation programs and Spain’s continued commitment to these efforts.

07 July 2006

Spanish Council of Ministers approve IFFIm contribution

This morning Friday 7 July Spain’s Council of Ministers approved 190 million € contribution to IFFIm (International Finance Facility for Immunisation) over 20 years.

04 July 2006

WHO, UNAIDS, GAVI, Global Fund - Health leaders welcome infectious disease focus at G8

The Group of Eight is helping to ensure that existing and emerging disease threats are tackled at the very highest level.

25 April 2006

South Africa Joins Seven Nations in Backing the IFFIm

The Government of South Africa announced today that it will contribute US$20 million over 20 years to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm).

14 March 2006

Denmark commits DKK 25 million (US$4 million) to the GAVI Alliance global immunisation programs

Today Denmark, through its Minister for Development Cooperation, Ms. Ulla Tørnæs, announced it will commit DKK 25 million (US$4million) for 2006 to global immunisation programs through the GAVI Alliance and its partners.

09 March 2006

Brazil announces support for global immunisation and IFFIm

The President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, announced today that Brazil will contribute US$ 20 million over 20 years to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm).

09 March 2006

Queen Rania visits Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital in Delhi to encourage increased child immunization efforts

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan visited the Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital today to meet with patients and hospital workers to celebrate the health system advances in India in recent years and draw attention to the country’s increased efforts to bolster nationwide immunization coverage.

21 February 2006

International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm) takes next steps toward saving millions of lives

The International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm), the new multinational fund that will leverage long-term commitments from rich governments to raise urgently needed financing for health programmes in poor countries, is close to implementation, the GAVI Alliance announced today.

09 December 2005

Dramatic progress in GAVI's first five years shapes next steps in plan to boost vaccinations

Rapid progress in vaccine development, funding, and purchasing power suggests that immunization will play an unprecedented role in global poverty reduction over the next ten years.

09 December 2005

With an additional US $1 billion per year immunization could save ten million more lives in a decade

According to global immunization experts, ten million additional lives could be saved through child and maternal immunization between 2006-2015 at an average annual cost of US $1 billion, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.

08 December 2005

Hib Initiative - a new force in the fight against Hib meningitis and pneumonia

The first global initiative to reduce death and disability from Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease, a major threat to child health worldwide, was launched today at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Partners’ Meeting in India.

08 December 2005

New weapons against ancient foes - new generation vaccines will battle diseases that kill Millions

Disease experts from around the world are gathering this week in New Delhi to consider the projected impact of innovations in vaccine science that are expected to fuel aggressive efforts aimed at preventing millions of needless deaths among children in the world’s poorest nations.

07 December 2005

Norway increases and prolongs support for global immunization until 2015

The Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, announced today that starting in 2006 the Government of Norway will boost its annual support to the GAVI Alliance (formerly known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization).

07 December 2005

Prime Minister of India calls on world leaders to embrace vaccines as key to saving children's lives

Speaking with passion about the dramatic potential of vaccines to prevent the deaths of millions of the world's poorest children, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh opened the 3rd Partners' Meeting of the GAVI Alliance (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) in New Delhi.

07 December 2005

Vaccine experts at GAVI meeting in India announce progress in injection safety

At an international vaccine meeting in New Delhi today, the GAVI Alliance (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization), announced that the Alliance and its partners have distributed 1.214 billion single-use, auto-disable (AD) syringes, protecting millions of children in developing countries from blood-borne pathogens that might otherwise be transmitted through sloppy injection practices.

14 October 2005

Harvard School of Public Health study finds vaccines boost economies of poor countries

Immunization programs in impoverished countries not only save lives, they boost economies, finds a study by researchers with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) published in the current edition of World Economics.

04 October 2005

Immunization maintains strong performance made in last quarter century

Immunization at the global level has progressed very well during the past 25 years, but further increases in coverage would save the lives of millions more who do not yet benefit from this protection, said a group of immunization partners at the World Vaccine Congress in Lyon, France.

09 September 2005

Key European nations join UK and France to commit nearly US$4 billion to expand child immunisation in developing countries

The United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden today committed nearly US$4 billion to support and scale up the work of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) over the next decade.

19 August 2005

G8 must invest in proven tools to fight diseases

Op-Ed by Michel Camdessus and Gro Harlem Brundtland - As the leaders of the world's eight richest countries prepare for a meeting this July in Scotland, they will find the pieces are finally in place to do something that just a decade ago might have been dismissed as a well-intentioned but naive endeavour.

02 August 2005

Statement regarding International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm) and Eurostat ruling

The Eurostat decision paves the way for the full-funding and eventual implementation of IFFIm. We are delighted by this decision and are grateful to all those who worked so hard to create this innovative financing vehicle.

29 June 2005

Routine immunisation virtually eliminates major killer of young children in The Gambia

The Lancet has today published online new research from a team led by the UK Medical Research Council's Richard Adegbola showing that routinely vaccinating infants against H. influenzae type b (Hib) – a bacterium that causes deadly diseases including pneumonia and meningitis – has virtually eliminated Hib meningitis in The Gambia.

09 June 2005

Oslo press event launches a spotlight on Africa

"AIDS is a Human Rights Issue," Says Nelson Mandela, calling on the world to provide global health leaders the means to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and to fight HIV/AIDS and other deadly preventable diseases. Nelson Mandela's 46664 arctic beg

16 May 2005

Bill Gates urges world leaders to improve health

In a major address today to international health officials, Bill Gates said the world now has a “historic chance” to achieve dramatic improvements in health, and called on governments, the scientific community, and the private sector to more aggressively fight the diseases that affect hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people each year.

30 March 2005

Barcelona Declaration

2005 is a crucial year in our global struggle against poverty, hunger and fatal childhood disease in the developing world. Only 10 years remain before 2015, when the world will assess and take stock of its progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) established by the UN in 2000.

25 March 2005

Vaccine prevents deadly pneumonia in African children

Global health leaders today presented new research showing that vaccinating infants against Streptococcus pneumoniae – a bacterium that causes deadly pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis – could substantially reduce death and serious illness among children in the developing world.

23 February 2005

Canada provides record support for global immunization

The Canadian government today announced a donation of CAD $160 million (US $130 million) to scale up the work of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). The donation represents the largest one-year commitment ever made by a government to the Alliance.

28 January 2005

26 January 2005

Hilary Benn pledges £1 billion to boost health care in developing countries

Hilary Benn the Secretary of State for International Development (DFID) today announced that the UK will pledge almost £1 billion (US$1.8 billion) over 15 years to help immunise children and adults in the world’s poorest countries.

24 January 2005

Gates Foundation and Norway contribute $1 billion

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a grant of $750 million, and Norway committed $290 million, to support the work of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). In making the announcement today, Bill Gates called on other donors to address the major funding gap for children's immunization programs in developing countries.

11 October 2004

Gavi item

International leaders on immunization call for increased political will and resources to help reach Global Goals

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and The Vaccine Fund call for increased political and financial commitment to immunization.


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