Global stockpile has vaccinated over 1 million people
Cholera vaccine stockpile prevents outbreaks
The global oral cholera vaccine (OCV) stockpile was founded in mid-2013 by five donors, making two million doses of the vaccine available.
In 2013, the Gavi Board approved support for the OCV stockpile as part of the Vaccine Investment Strategy: a contribution of over US$ 110 million for the period 2014-2018 to increase access to OCV during emergencies and in countries that regularly experience cholera outbreaks.
Since its creation in 2013, the global cholera stockpile has been used to vaccinate over a million people.
The stockpile is managed by the International Coordinating Group, which includes four Alliance partners: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Médecins Sans Frontières, UNICEF and WHO.
Gavi’s objectives include:
- breaking the current cycle of low demand–low supply
- reducing disruptive outbreaks in Gavi-supported countries
- strengthening the evidence base for periodic, pre-emptive campaigns.
The first Gavi-supported campaign using the global stockpile began in August 2015 in Cameroon. The campaign, conducted by Médecins Sans Frontières, vaccinated the Minawao and Gawar camps, as well as the nearby villages of Gadala and Gawar.