GAVI appreciation for Atlético Madrid and star striker Radamel Falcao's support for immunisation

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Spanish soccer club works with “la Caixa”’s Business Alliance for Child Vaccination in promoting the involvement of Spanish companies in the cause of immunisation

Atletico Madrid - © Club Atlético de Madrid

Football star and newly appointed representative of the Business Alliance Radamel Falcao “El Tigre” with his team Atletico Madrid before a soccer game in Madrid. Photo Credit: Club Atlético de Madrid.

GAVI Alliance Board Chair Dagfinn Høybråten thanks Atlético Madrid and player Radamel Falcao for their leadership in reducing child mortality and commitment to GAVI’s mission. Through the Atletico Madrid Foundation, the Spanish soccer club is collaborating with “la Caixa”’s Business Alliance for Child Vaccination to promote the involvement of Spanish companies in the cause of immunisation.

All funds Atlético Madrid contributes and raises from football fans and the general public for the Business Alliance are matched through by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through the GAVI Matching Fund. “la Caixa” itself has donated €4 million (US$ 5.3 million) through the fund to buy pneumococcal vaccines for GAVI-supported countries in Latin America. And overall, “la Caixa” Foundation has contributed €14 million (US$ 18.5 million) to GAVI, including from “la Caixa” employees, making it GAVI’s largest corporate donor.

Atlético Madrid star striker Radamel Falcao also lends his voice to the cause of childhood immunisation by serving as a Business Alliance representative.

76 million

By the end of 2015, Gavi had contributed to immunising 76 million children against pneumococcal disease. Gavi surpassed its 2015 target of 45 introductions already in 2014 – more than one year ahead of schedule. More than three-quarters of all Gavi-supported countries have introduced the vaccine.


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