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31 May 2019

Women Deliver - HPV Ghana 2013

Immunisation as a catalyst for women's health, education, and economic empowerment

Women Deliver 2019 will be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. As a gender equal health intervention, immunisation plays a key role in keeping girls, adolescents and women healthy.

10 December 2018

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South Korea pledges US$15 million to immunise children in world's poorest countries

New funding will help Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, vaccinate millions of children against deadly diseases.

29 November 2018

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Gavi Board starts framing Alliance's approach to 2021-2025 period

Gavi Board approves in principle a set of new and expanded vaccine programmes.

31 July 2018

INFUSE workshop

Fingerprint records and digital health cards to help solve global identity crisis

Four companies will receive Gavi support to help scale emerging digital identification technologies in developing countries.

26 July 2018

Fragile states - Rohingya refugee camp

Children in fragile states missing out on lifesaving vaccines

New vaccination figures show millions more children being immunised in world’s poorest countries.

07 May 2018

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Largest cholera vaccine drive in history to target spike in outbreaks

Two million people in five African countries to be protected against cholera.

03 April 2018

Typhoid vaccination in Nepal

New typhoid vaccine to receive Gavi support

Gavi has earmarked US$ 85 million to fund the introduction of the vaccine in the world’s poorest countries.

05 February 2018

Rohingya refugee camps: diphtheria outbreak sends warning to all countries

Since November 2017, there have been around 5,000 suspected cases of diphtheria among the Rohingya refugees sheltering at Cox’s Bazar in eastern Bangladesh after fleeing their native Myanmar. In humanitarian crises, disease is often the first emergency but this outbreak took aid workers by surprise.

24 October 2017

Bangladesh IPV PCV launch 2015

World Polio Day: Gavi's role in polio eradication

24 October marks World Polio Day, when the global community celebrates the immense progress and considers the work ahead to ensure no child suffers from polio again.

29 September 2017

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900,000 vaccines 'en route' to Cox's Bazar to prevent cholera

Oral cholera vaccine will protect Rohingya refugees seeking shelter in Bangladesh as well as resident population.

19 September 2016


On the frontline: Gavi's support to fragile states

With more than half of Gavi-supported countries officially listed as fragile states, Gavi is increasingly working on several fronts to ensure vaccines still reach people living on the frontlines of humanitarian crises.

12 November 2015

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Measles vaccination has saved an estimated 17.1 million lives since 2000

New data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Measles & Rubella Initiative, estimates that 17.1 million lives have been saved since 2000, largely due to increased vaccination coverage against this highly contagious viral disease.

17 July 2015

India pentavalent scale-up 2014

New coverage figures show more children than ever being reached with immunisation in poorest countries

Coverage trends heading in right direction but major differences remain between countries.

23 April 2015

Immunising one of the world’s largest birth cohorts against polio and pneumococcal disease

In April 2015, Bangladesh took two giant steps toward closing its vaccine gap by introducing two life-saving vaccines simultaneously against polio and the primary cause of fatal pneumonia.

20 March 2015

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Children in Bangladesh to benefit from dual vaccine introduction

More than three million children to be protected against polio and the leading cause of pneumonia (joint press release Gavi, UNICEF, WHO, GPEI).

18 September 2014

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Nepal becomes first country to introduce IPV with Gavi support

Nepal is one of 25 countries who have received approval to begin using IPV with Gavi support. Afghanistan and Pakistan are also planning to introduce IPV by end of next year.

15 April 2014

Ban Ki-moon for GAVI in Bangladesh

The GAVI Alliance lauded as a example of truly global partnership

UN Secretary-General highlights the Alliance at high-level meeting on effective development cooperation.

27 January 2014

Bangladesh launches major vaccination campaign against measles and rubella

Bangladesh Prime Minister launches country’s largest ever measles-rubella campaign

52 million children will be protected against two life-threatening diseases.

12 November 2013


Pneumonia still responsible for one fifth of child deaths

Pneumonia remains the single biggest killer of children under five globally, claiming the lives of more than one million girls and boys every year. But pneumonia deaths are preventable. As countries mark World Pneumonia Day on 12 November, the GAVI Alliance, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) are highlighting essential actions that can help end child deaths from this disease.

29 May 2013


Vaccines against cervical cancer and rubella to benefit health of women and girls

Two new vaccines that help protect against cervical cancer, measles and rubella spearhead the GAVI Alliance’s commitment to improving the health of girls and women.

22 May 2013


Surge in support for vaccine introductions in developing countries

More than 200 high-level representatives from GAVI eligible countries attended a technical briefing given by the GAVI Alliance and the Government of Senegal at the 66th World Health Assembly.

14 May 2013

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Rotavirus leading cause of diarrhoea

The largest and most comprehensive study of childhood diarrhoea has confirmed rotavirus as the single biggest cause of diarrhoea-related death and illness in developing countries. This latest evidence suggests that a large number of children are dying from this vaccine-preventable pathogen, and supports the decision by the GAVI Alliance to prioritise rotavirus vaccines.

12 March 2013

Rwanda MR launch

Over 700 million children in 49 countries to be protected against measles and rubella

Rwanda’s measles-rubella vaccination campaign is the beginning of an effort to vaccinate more than 700 million children under 15 years of age against two disabling and deadly diseases.

07 March 2013


Stronger protection for women and girls' health starts today

International Women's Day 2013 marks the beginning of a dramatic shift in the health of women and girls. Starting this year, GAVI is supporting the poorest countries of the world to roll out two vaccines that will directly benefit women and girls: human papillomavirus (HPV) against cervical cancer and rubella against 'German measles'.

10 January 2013


GAVI recognised for effectiveness and focus on results

In its first ever Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) review the GAVI Alliance has been commended for its effectiveness in increasing access to immunisation and for its focus on results.

07 December 2012

Partners' Forum Blog

Running blog from the ground, covering all aspects of the 2012 Partners' Forum.

06 December 2012

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GAVI awards countries and advocates for accelerating access to life-saving vaccines

The GAVI Alliance celebrated the accomplishments of 12 countries in increasing access to immunisation during a ceremony last night at the GAVI Partners’ Forum. The ceremony was hosted by the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Tanzanian radio host Taji Liunn.

28 November 2012

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33 – Reaching the unreached: putting equity at the heart of immunisation

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. This special session convened representatives from governments, multilateral agencies, civil society, and the private sector to discuss best practices for achieving equity in immunisation and health.

28 November 2012


31 – Country driven programmes

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. A fundamental principle in GAVI’s business model is that the EPI program is the responsibility of the country and that it is owned and driven by the country.

28 November 2012

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30 – Civil society: bridging communities and health systems to reach the unreached

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. A discussion among presenters Anne Lafond (of ARISE/JSI in the U.S.), Sharmin Zahan (of BRAC in Bangladesh), Fatima Adamu (Usmanu Danfodyo University in Nigeria) and Lubna Hashmat (Civil Society Human and Institutional Development Program in Pakistan), who uniformly made the case for strengthening the engagement of all stakeholders in countries’ EPI programs (Expanded Program on Immunization) in order to reach the most marginalized populations with immunization.

28 November 2012

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05 – The value of vaccines in health and economic development

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. This panel discussed different approaches to measuring the value of vaccines and drilled down on the issue with two case studies.

28 November 2012

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02 – Intensification of routine immunisation in South-East Asia

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. This session highlighted the efforts being made in SEA countries to implement intensification activities for reaching more children with immunization services.

28 November 2012


01 – CSO Forum 'All Together Now': civil society and GAVI partners RISE up in cooperation

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. The CSO session brought together civil society and other participants attending the GAVI Partners’ Forum.

12 October 2012

Kaberuka Bloom Berkley

Immunisation lauded as engine for economic growth

Child immunisation has the power to fundamentally change the economic progress of developing countries even beyond the basic benefit of saving lives and improving health.

05 October 2012

Tanzania rotavirus rollout Sister Moshi

Useful information

Useful information for anyone attending the Partners' Forum in Tanzania: Climate, Passports & Visas, Health, Safety, General behaviour in public, Currency, Tipping, Electricity, Shopping

19 September 2012

Awards ceremony

Awards ceremony

13 countries receive awards; government leaders, parliamentarians and civil society groups receive special recognitions

06 September 2012

SEARO Regional Committee Meeting

Helen Evans, Deputy CEO of the GAVI Alliance addresses the 65th session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

04 September 2012

Asia-Pacific Development Summit

Japan funds life-saving vaccines for developing countries

The Government of Japan underlined its commitment to protecting millions of children from vaccine-preventable diseases today by renewing its funding support for the GAVI Alliance. [Japanese]

26 January 2012

GAVI’s Matching Fund announcement at WEF

Supporters of GAVI’s Matching Fund met at the 2012 World Economic Forum to announce gifts of US$ 4.5m from  two new partners: Comic Relief and The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).

25 January 2012

Melinda meets with Dr. Asm Amjad Hossain

Bill Gates announces first Vaccine Innovation Award

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced the first Gates Vaccine Innovation Award recipient in his fourth annual letter, published on Wednesday.

22 December 2011

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Q and A with Helen Evans on GAVI challenges and opportunities

In this special Q and A, GAVI’s Deputy CEO Helen Evans discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the Alliance after last June’s successful replenishment process.

17 November 2011

Bangladesh schoolgirl Saleha Akhter and Helen Evans Board

Bangladeshi schoolgirl stars in GAVI film on immunisation success story

11-year-old Saleha Akhter becomes film narrator for a day to explain unprecedented vaccination rate

17 November 2011


GAVI takes first steps to introduce vaccines against cervical cancer and rubella

Board decisions will benefit the health of women and children in developing countries. [German] [Spanish]

16 November 2011

GAVI Board meeting, 16-17 November 2011

Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the GAVI Alliance Board decided to take the first steps towards the introduction of human papillomavirus (HPV) and rubella vaccines in developing countries.

The Board also received UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who encouraged the Alliance to “deliver the promise of a future free from the threat of cervical cancer to millions of young women thanks to the HPV vaccine.” 


15 November 2011

Ban Ki-moon for GAVI in Bangladesh

HPV vaccine key to Every Woman Every Child, says UN Secretary General

Human papillomavirus vaccine will spare millions of women from threat of cervical cancer.

15 November 2011

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Pushing back the boundaries of public health in Bangladesh

As I chair the GAVI Alliance Board meeting in Bangladesh and discuss decisions that will shape the future of immunisation in the developing world, it will be important to remember health worker Rabbi Aztor who I met on a field trip earlier this week.

15 November 2011

Civil society in Bangladesh

When GAVI’s Civil Society Steering Committee gathered in Bangladesh (11-13 November), they were eager to learn more about the country’s immunisation success story. Local CSO BRAC obliged with a field visit to Torgaom village near Dhaka.

15 November 2011

Immunisation in Bangladesh

Developing countries around the world have much to learn from Bangladesh’s successful immunisation programme. Click through these images of “Vaccination Day” in a village near Dhaka to see why.

07 July 2011

Gavi Board minutes 2011

List of all 2011 Board meetings with links to full minutes, the decisions and downloads of 'Final Minutes' documents:

06 October 2010

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First pledging conference set for June 2011

GAVI Alliance donors and partners agreed to convene a first pledging conference in June 2011 to ensure that the global health partnership has the necessary funding to introduce new vaccines against the two biggest killers of children, pneumonia and diarrhoea.

05 October 2010

Ban Ki-moon NY Oct 6

Immunisation's vital role in UN health strategy

Immunisation and the work of the GAVI Alliance is vital to the UN's global strategy to improve the health of hundreds of millions of women and children by expanding access to basic healthcare, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the launch of the GAVI Alliance's first replenishment process in New York.

06 August 2010

New evidence in Asia demonstrates significant protection against rotavirus disease

Findings reinforce research from other low-income, high-burden settings — including Africa — that show rotavirus vaccination can have a major public health impact.

20 November 2009

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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

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.

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.

21 August 2009

GAVI congratulates PATH on humanitarian prize

The GAVI Alliance congratulates its partner organisation PATH for being awarded this year’s Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, one of the world’s most renowned humanitarian awards.

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.

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.

09 April 2008

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Australia and Papua New Guinea launch efforts to crush deadly Hib disease in Pacific region

New vaccine rollout through the GAVI Alliance expected to help extinguish childhood killer. Papua New Guinea will begin immunising children this month with a vaccine that promises to rid the nation of Haemophilus Influenzae type b, or Hib disease, one of the deadliest causes of meningitis and pneumonia. 

10 March 2008

Deadly disease eliminated in children under five years of age in Uganda

Hib meningitis has been virtually eliminated in young children in Uganda just five years after the country introduced Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine nationwide, according to an independent study.

28 June 2007

Hib vaccine - critical in Asia's effort to reduce child deaths

New study shows Hib vaccine protects children from significant burden of life-threatening pneumonia and meningitis.

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