• Seth Berkley, Gavi CEO

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  • Seth Berkley

    "Since 2011, I have been proudly serving Gavi as its CEO. During this time my focus has been to use my experience, as an epidemiologist and expert in vaccine development, to lead Gavi in its mission to improve access to new and underused vaccines and improve coverage and equity in poor countries. Under my leadership, in 2015 Gavi successfully raised US$ 7.5 billion in commitments during its last replenishment and has helped to reduce vaccine prices and assure a healthy vaccine market. This supported Gavi’s largest expansion, immunising an additional 300 million of the world’s poorest children and preventing 5-6 million deaths.

    By continuing to increase immunisation coverage, we will not only save more lives, but will also help lift millions of lives out of poverty. 

    Dr Seth Berkley, Gavi CEO

    By continuing to increase immunisation coverage, we will not only save more lives, but will also help lift millions of lives out of poverty. We will also build out the health system to deliver vaccines to the underserved, extending the base of the pyramid for primary healthcare. We continue to seek innovative ways to improve vaccination and by helping countries to improve outbreak response we are also reducing the threats to global health security. All this will prepare Gavi for what is likely to be its most challenging strategic period, post-2020, while providing solid foundations for the global health community as it takes on the most ambitious new global agenda with the Sustainable Development Goals.

    As a global health leader, my mandate is very clear: to ensure that no one is left behind, by creating a world where life-saving vaccines are available to everyone who needs them, regardless of their ability to pay."

  • Latest presentation to Gavi Board

  • The looming threat of yellow fever

    An outbreak in Brazil of the deadly disease should raise an alarm in the rest of the world.

  • Commentaries

    Mozambique

    Winning the Infectious Disease Marathon  

    We're immunizing more kids than ever, but the population growth means the percentage of children being protected is stagnating.


    The Ebola outbreak is over - but the work to contain potential pandemics must continue

    The Ebola outbreak is over - but the work to contain potential pandemics must continue  

    Now that WHO has declared the outbreak over, we mustn’t lose sight of what it took to get here.


    How immunisation helps improve education for girls

    How immunisation helps improve education for girls  

    Just as a lower vaccination rate can keep girls out of school, so too can a boost in immunisation coverage help to close the gender-education gap.


    India can lead the way to deliver health for all

    India can lead the way to deliver health for all  

    Digital identity technologies, like the Aadhaar biometric system, have the potential to change the lives of tens of thousands of children under the healthcare radar, by improving their access to immunisation.


    Global healthcare needs a revolution

    Global healthcare needs a revolution  

    This is how technology can help.


    Five myths about outbreaks

    Five myths about outbreaks  

    No, closing borders can’t stop the spread of disease.


    Seth - Science - Blind spot

    Health security's blind spot  

    The severity of this year's influenza virus is a reminder of the daunting task facing the global health community as it struggles to prevent infectious diseases from sparking deadly epidemics.


    Seth Blog WEF 2018

    Innovative partnerships to mend a fractured world  

    Gavi’s success over the past 18 years is a testament to what partnerships can achieve, helping to vaccinate 700 million children and prevent 10 million deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases by the end of 2018.


    Scientific American

    A completely preventable public health crisis

    An outbreak of diphtheria in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh makes it clear that these people were living in substandard conditions before they fled Myanmar. Full article: Scientific American.


    Seth LinkedIn Blog

    Here's why global health suffers in a fractured world  

    Is it really possible for countries to reap the benefits of globalization and shun the responsibilities that come with a globalized economy, while avoiding the consequences of doing so?


    Drone

    How innovation is improving vaccine delivery  

    Gavi is focused on expanding our engagement with technology companies to bring innovation in the ways we deliver vaccines to the hardest-to-reach children.


    African girl

    What a difference a year makes  

    Gavi’s 2016 Annual Progress Report is first of five for our 2016-2020 strategic period, placing greater emphasis on the global context in which the Alliance Partners – the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank and expanded partners – are working.


    The looming threat of yellow fever

    An outbreak in Brazil of the deadly disease should raise an alarm in the rest of the world.
    Full article: New York Times.


    Solving a global digital identity crisis

    In developing countries, one in three children under age five has no record of their existence.
    Full article: MIT Technology Review article.

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