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In this Decade of Vaccines, the Partners Forum discussions are centred on four of its founding principles-Results, Innovation, Sustainability and Equity.

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Seth Berkley welcomed participants and thanked the Republic of Tanzania for hosting the 5th Partners Forum.
 

In this Decade of Vaccines, the Partners Forum discussions are centred on four of its founding principles-Results, Innovation, Sustainability and Equity.
 

Since GAVI‘s launch in 2000, the Alliance partners have supported the immunisation of an additional 370 million children and averted more than 5.5 million future deaths. The roll out of innovative life-saving vaccines against leading child killer diseases, pneumonia and diarrhoea, has accelerated. This week the 100 millionth person was immunised with MenAfriVac in Nigeria.
 

GAVI’s business model of an innovative public private partnership proves an effective way to deliver on GAVI’s mission.
 

Sustainability is key.
 

Countries are co-financing and vaccine prices are dropping.
 

New suppliers from emerging economies are increasing, building a healthy vaccine market and changing the mindset of the industry.
 

But challenges remain.
 

Over 22 million children are not fully immunised. We need to focus on bridging inequities within countries – wealth, geographic and gender – and to address the challenges of weak infrastructure, outdated data management systems and lack of health workers.
 

GAVI works to accelerate the attainment of the MDGs.
 

The post 2015 agenda is the opportunity for 21st century solutions with a new goals and indicator – the fully immunised child – and to take full advantage of new vaccines and new technology.
 

Dagfinn Hoybraten emphasised the importance of vaccines to protect children’s health and to fulfil their future potential.
 

Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director and Vice Chair of GAVI Board, highlighted that the 5th child lives beyond the reach of health services due to barriers of poverty, geography, caste and gender. Every child has right to survive and thrive. Reaching the final fifth is cost-effective as the benefits of immunisation stretch far beyond health. Together we must reach the 5th child wherever she lives.

US$ 1 = US$ 18

A study in Health Affairs covering 73 Gavi-supported countries over the 2011–2020 period shows that, for every US$ 1 spent on immunisation, US$ 18 are saved in healthcare costs, lost wages and lost productivity due to illness. If we take into account the broader benefits of people living longer, healthier lives, the return on investment rises to US$ 48 per US$ 1 spent.

Ozawa S, Clark S, Portnoy A et al. Return on investment from childhood immunizations in low- and middle-income countries, 2011-20, Health Affairs 2016

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