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Access official press releases from 2009, illustrating the key aspects of the Vaccine Alliance's work
20 November 2009
Child deaths in Vietnam fall dramatically
Through its commitment to immunisation and other child health interventions, Vietnam has drastically reduced its child deaths, putting the country well on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG) before the 2015 deadline.
19 November 2009
GAVI honours 15 countries for excelling in immunisation and child survival
Fifteen health ministers from low-income
countries today received awards from the GAVI Alliance for their outstanding performance in
improving child health and immunisation.
18 November 2009
GAVI's impact on vaccine market is bringing down prices
GAVI Alliance's increasing support on the vaccine market has impacted the price of one of the major combination vaccines, the pentavalent, enabling GAVI partners to vaccinate millions of more children in the developing world.
13 November 2009
Health ministers urge donors to maintain focus on new life-saving vaccines
Over 20 health ministers from developing countries have appealed to donors to maintain their commitment to immunisation programmes ahead of a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, next week.
30 October 2009
Vaccination is essential to prevent world's leading child killer - pneumonia
Marking the first international World Pneumonia Day on 2 November, the GAVI Alliance plans to immunise 130 million children in poor countries against pneumonia, the world’s leading child killer.
17 September 2009
More than two million children continue to die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases
Nearly 2.3 million children continue to die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, even while the overall mortality rate of children continues to drop.
19 August 2009
The Gambia introduces vaccine against pneumococcal disease
Minister of Health Dr. Mariatou Jallow administers the first dose of the pneumococcal vaccine to Gambian children at a rural clinic outside Banjul.
12 August 2009
18 million Indian children to receive life-saving five-in-one vaccine
More than 18 million children in India will be immunised with a pentavalent five-in-one vaccine thanks to funding worth US$ 165 million from GAVI.
16 July 2009
Momentum builds in effort to save millions of children from pneumonia
Representatives from major health and humanitarian relief organizations are coming together to coordinate outreach efforts for the first-ever World Pneumonia Day on November 2, 2009.
24 June 2009
Japanese retail investors continue to show strong support for vaccine bonds
Vaccine bonds offered to Japanese retail investors raise USD 130 million equivalent to help pay for health and immunisation programmes in some of the world’s poorest countries.
23 June 2009
GAVI recognised as international institution
The GAVI Alliance, which has been hosted by UNICEF since it was launched in 2000, has become an independent international institution - the first organisation to receive such recognition under the new Swiss Host State Act.
12 June 2009
GAVI partners fulfill promise to fight pneumococcal disease
The GAVI Alliance partners, the World Bank, WHO and UNICEF, and five national governments and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation formally kick-off the first-ever Advance Market Commitment (AMC) designed to accelerate access to vaccines against pneumococcal disease.
05 June 2009
WHO recommends global use of Rotavirus vaccines
The World Health Organization has recommended that rotavirus vaccination be included in all national immunization programmes in order to provide protection against a virus that is responsible for more than 500,000 diarrhoeal deaths and two million hospitalisations annually among children.
03 June 2009
Netherlands to join innovative funding programme for immunisation
The Netherlands pledges Euros 80 million over eight years to an innovative financing initiative that converts long-term government pledges into immediate funds for children’s vaccination programmes.
GAVI recognises United States' contribution to global immunisation initiative
The United States will donate $75 million to the GAVI Alliance’s immunisation initiative to protect children in the world’s poorest countries with new and under-used vaccines – its largest annual contribution to date.
26 May 2009
GAVI appoints Helen Evans as new Deputy CEO
GAVI has appointed Australian development expert Helen Evans as its first Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Evans will join GAVI in June after serving for the past four years as Deputy Executive Director at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
19 May 2009
Developing countries increasingly help finance purchase of life-saving vaccines
Twenty seven countries contribute to vaccine costs through the GAVI Alliance; up from just six in 2007.
IFFIm raises more than US$ 2 billion to support life-saving immunisation programmes
The International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) board chairman Alan Gillespie tells participants at a meeting on innovative financing in Geneva that there is a strong demand among individual and institutional investors for ethical investments.
13 May 2009
Spain first to back new immunisation push
29 million Euro donation will help accelerate vaccination efforts in 72 of the world’s poorest countries.
29 April 2009
Children must not pay the price of global financial crisis
Scientists, economists, health experts and NGOs mark the European Day of Immunology with urgent appeal to the G8.
24 April 2009
Rwanda becomes first developing nation to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine
International leaders in global health set to join Rwandan government officials at a press conference in Kigali to announce the first national immunisation programme against pneumococcal disease in a developing country.
09 April 2009
GAVI partners mobilise to counter meningitis outbreaks
In an effort to save lives and contain the spread of meningitis, the GAVI Alliance has fast tracked a US$ 55 million contribution to establish a stockpile of meningococcal vaccines and pay for reactive campaigns in the highly endemic African “meningitis belt” countries.
07 April 2009
Child health leaders call for day to unite against pneumonia
Child health groups unite with Save the Children Artist Ambassadors Gwyneth Paltrow and Hugh Laurie to establish an annual World Pneumonia Day on November 2, 2009. The day will mobilise efforts to fight a neglected disease that kills more than two million children under the age of five each year worldwide.
30 March 2009
Investing in health yields financial returns and benefits developing countries
The GAVI Alliance and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) unite more than 80 leading experts in healthcare from governments, business, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for a high-level conference in London.
09 March 2009
Gender policy to support equal access to vaccination for girls and boys
The GAVI Alliance has started implementing a proactive gender policy into its work to ensure equal access to immunisation for boys and girls. GAVI’s Gender Policy commits the Alliance to use a gender perspective in the design, planning, and delivery of vaccinations and other health services.
03 March 2009
Innovative Vaccine Investment ISA will help save children’s lives
Investors are being offered an opportunity to save money and help save lives with a new Vaccine Investment ISA which aims to raise £50 million to vaccinate children in the world’s poorest countries.
16 February 2009
Broadcaster Park Jung-sook will represent GAVI Alliance
Broadcast journalist Park Jung-sook has been appointed to represent the GAVI Alliance as an advocate in the Republic of Korea. The Geneva-based GAVI Alliance is seeking to strengthen its ties with the Republic of Korea which is playing an increasingly prominent role in global health and development issues.
04 February 2009
Nobel Prize winner and GAVI call for equal access to HPV vaccine
Girls in developing countries deserve the same access to a life-saving vaccine against cervical cancer as girls in richer nations, said the GAVI Alliance on World Cancer Day.
16 January 2009
“Vaccine bonds” offer Japanese savers an ethical investment which also helps save children’s lives
“Vaccine bonds" which are expected to go on sale in Japan next month will offer Japanese investors a fixed rate of return plus an opportunity to see their money used to help immunise children in the world’s poorest countries.
15 January 2009
Bangladesh introduces new vaccine to prevent severe forms of child pneumonia and meningitis
Today, Bangladesh introduces a new combination vaccine that will protect its children against five killer diseases in one injection, including, for the first time, the deadly bacterium Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) that causes some severe forms of pneumonia and meningitis.
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