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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.

24 April 2019

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Ghana launches the world's largest vaccine drone delivery network

With support from Gavi, the UPS Foundation and other partners, Zipline drones will serve up to 2,000 health facilities and 12 million people in Ghana.

23 April 2019

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Partnership welcomes launch of first malaria vaccine pilot

Funding agencies hail important step for the world’s first malaria vaccine.

17 April 2019

Anuradha Gupta Zathu Band

Challenging impossible: eight game-changing approaches to vaccination

Making sure that vaccines reach all children around the world requires a healthy dose of innovation. For World Immunization Week 2019, we are showcasing a series of innovations – from cutting-edge to low-tech – helping us in our mission to creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.

27 March 2019

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Leadership training for supply chain managers expands to five African countries

Over 22 private sector partners will support the innovative training and mentorship programme.

16 October 2018

World Health Summit 2018

Global health organisations commit to new ways of working together for greater impact

Historic commitment to improve health and well-being for all, and accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

09 May 2018


IFPW and Gavi expand leadership training for a stronger supply chain

The partnership draws on private sector support to implement an innovative training and mentorship programme for supply chain managers in Gavi-supported countries.

23 May 2017

Seth Q&A

Big Ideas: Gavi CEO Seth Berkley's Q&A, Part II

Ahead of Seth Berkley’s speech to the 2017 graduating class at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC on 23 June, Global Health published a two-part Q&A with the Gavi CEO. In this second article, Seth shares his concerns about the expansion of the vaccine hesitancy movement, explains why digital identity technologies in low- and middle-income countries can help improve vaccine coverage, and discusses the value of testing the potentially important malaria vaccine.

24 April 2017

Mosquito malaria

Partnership supports launch of malaria vaccine pilots in three African countries

Funders hail next step in the development of world’s first malaria vaccine.

22 February 2016

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Meningitis A nearly eliminated in Africa through vaccination

Joint press release first published by WHO and PATH, joint founders of the Meningitis Vaccine Project.

10 November 2015

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Scientists mark 'stunning success' of vaccine in virtually ridding Africa of meningitis A

New research forecasts a resurgence of meningitis A epidemics in 15 years should immunization efforts stall.

05 August 2014

Niger’s Minister of Health administers one of the first doses of vaccine to an infant.

Niger tackles its two biggest child killers with Gavi support

Life-saving pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines are to be provided to all Niger’s children.

04 June 2014


Children's Investment Fund Foundation to invest in GAVI Alliance HPV programmes

First Ladies of Ghana and Mozambique join UK launch of End Cervical Cancer Now campaign.

23 May 2014


Developing countries back ambitious GAVI plans to help immunise 300 million children

Ghana and GAVI host successful event at World Health Assembly.

23 May 2014

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Continental shift

On Africa Day, in celebration of 51 years of African Union, the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, looks at the changing role of Africa in global development

08 May 2014

World Economic Forum

African leaders pledge support for immunisation

African leaders pledge to prioritise sustainable immunisation programmes as part of continued investment in the healthy futures of children and families in their countries.

26 November 2013

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Building a sustainable post-2015 agenda with vaccines

I am delighted to participate to the European Development Days (EDD), Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation organised by the European Commission.

25 November 2013

Dr K.O. Antwi-Agyei

Saving 4M lives by 2015: the word is getting out

Back in 2011, the GAVI Alliance was challenged with ambitious goals. Partners and donors tasked the Alliance with immunising 370 million children in the poorest countries in the world and averting 4 million future deaths by 2015.

04 November 2013

Ghana HPV launch

Ghana to vaccinate girls against HPV with GAVI support

School girls in four districts to be immunised against leading cause of cervical cancer.

30 October 2013

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How we are doing so far?

GAVI partners give a personal take on the Mid-Term Review, immunisation and the Alliance’s performance against its strategic goals

29 October 2013

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Save the Children and Action launch reports at GAVI Mid-Term Review

‘Halfway there’ and ‘Donor Immunization Record’ underline civil society role in holding GAVI accountable for its performance since 2011 replenishment in London.

22 October 2013

UNICEF Cambodia

GAVI supports Cambodia’s campaign to vaccinate children against measles and rubella

More than four million children will receive the measles-rubella vaccine over the next three months.

14 October 2013

MTR report

GAVI Alliance on track to immunise a quarter of a billion children by 2015 and prevent nearly 4 million deaths

The GAVI Alliance is on track to meet its ambitious targets of supporting developing countries to immunise an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015, and preventing nearly four million deaths in the process. [Arabic] | [Chinese] | [German] | [Italian] | [Japanese] | [Korean] | [Spanish]

08 October 2013


GAVI statement on latest trial data on malaria vaccine candidate RTS,S

Latest data published by Glaxosmithkline and PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative

25 September 2013


Ghana, GAVI, Global Fund host side event at UNGA

Ghana hosts a side event at the ongoing UN General Assembly, in collaboration with the GAVI Alliance and the Global Fund.

23 September 2013

Nurse prepares measles vaccine in Dodowa

UNGA side event: harnessing the power of global public-private partnerships in the Post 2015 agenda

Watch the live webcast at 3:00PM EST on 24 September:

11 September 2013

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Ghana launches measles-rubella campaign

Ghana’s measles-rubella vaccination campaign, launched today with GAVI support, will target over 11 million children nationwide.

17 August 2013

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Africa and China: Walking together towards a healthy future

In a previous life when I was a National Immunisation Programme Manager in Ghana, I saw firsthand the challenges that many African states face in delivering healthcare.

30 July 2013

President John Maham with Helen Evans

President Mahama to support GAVI to reach all children with vaccines

By accepting to support GAVI’s activities, President Mahama will take a lead role in the Alliance’s second replenishment to secure sustainable financing of its programmes.

18 July 2013

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Smart development

As economies grow in The South, countries hit by financial crisis in The North, including European countries, are rethinking their strategies for development cooperation.

12 July 2013

Pneumococcal vaccine

Zambia protects children against two major diseases

Pneumococcal and measles second dose vaccines to reach more than 360,000 infants in next 12 months, part of global acceleration in rollout of life-saving vaccines in developing countries.

03 June 2013

angola Pneumo

Angola begins protecting children against major killer disease

Angolan children begin receiving protection against the world’s largest killer of young children as the country introduces the pneumococcal vaccine. The introduction marks a crucial moment for child health in a country that emerged from a quarter of a century of civil war just over a decade ago.

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.

28 May 2013

Global Forum Cervical Cancer - Seth

Voices from the Global Forum on Cervical Cancer Prevention

Over 400 Government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, NGOs and corporate leaders gathered for the first-ever Global Forum on Cervical Cancer Prevention on 27 May.

14 May 2013


Kenya first country to protect girls against cervical cancer with GAVI support

Kenya becomes the first country to protect girls against cervical cancer with GAVI-supported human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.

14 May 2013

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Cervical cancer vaccine success brings hope to millions of women

Cervical cancer is a scourge of women the world over, but particularly so in the poorest parts of the world, where it kills nearly a quarter of a million women every year, or roughly one every two minutes.

08 May 2013

GAVI HPV Vaccine Infographic

24 April 2013

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Not perfect but it works

I accompanied GAVI CEO, Dr Seth Berkley, on a joint country visit with Bill Gates to Ghana two weeks ago. This was Mr Gates' first visit to the Ghana Health Service.

25 March 2013


What I'm learning about Ghana

I arrive in Ghana today to see firsthand why the country’s immunization system is working so well and meet the people involved.

14 March 2013

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Comic Relief raises smiles, funds for GAVI

Comic Relief, the hugely popular UK charity, pulls out all the stops for its biannual Red Nose Day fundraising campaign today, bringing substantial visibility and support for child immunisation in the developing world.

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'.

04 February 2013


GAVI funds vaccines to protect girls against cervical cancer

More than 180,000 girls in eight developing countries are set to receive protection against the leading cause of cervical cancer thanks to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines funded by the GAVI Alliance.

25 January 2013

Matching Fund breakfast meeting at WEF 2013

GAVI Alliance significantly expands private sector involvement in saving lives

New commitments from Comic Relief, LDS Charities and Vodafone bring total raised under innovative matching initiative to US$ 78 million.

25 January 2013

Dagfinn Høybråten with Bill Gates

Private sector partnerships can transform global health

There’s a growing and welcome awareness that the world’s biggest health challenges have profound economic implications as well.

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

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Hans Rosling at the Partners' Forum

Professor Hans Rosling, co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation, doctor and professor of international health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, presents "Immunisation and Development" at the Plenary Session Partners’ Forum in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

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.

03 December 2012


100 millionth person receives lifesaving meningitis vaccine

A revolutionary meningitis vaccine will reach the 100 millionth person this week in a region of Africa that has been plagued by deadly epidemics for more than a century. The milestone will take place in northern Nigeria, part of Africa’s “meningitis belt’, where the country is conducting its second seasonal immunisation campaign against the disease.

28 November 2012

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38 – Preventing malaria: how might malaria vaccines complement other interventions?

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. This panel discussed the current knowledge regarding malaria vaccines. Prospects and challenges ahead for future introduction in malaria endemic areas were discussed, and a brief summary on the malaria vaccine development pipeline also presented.

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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27 – Friday plenary

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. In this Decade of Vaccines, the Partners Forum discussions are centred on four of its founding principles-Results, Innovation, Sustainability and Equity.

28 November 2012


26 – Graça Machel-Nelson Mandela dialogue

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. Graça Machel-Nelson Mandela dialogue series.

28 November 2012


23 – Measure what you manage: the data quality challenge

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. Administrative data systems are of highly variable quality across different GAVI eligible countries. Sources of error include numerator and denominator measurement inaccuracies.

28 November 2012

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17 – Best practice in introducing new vaccines

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. The number of new vaccines being introduced in developing countries has increased significantly in recent years. Sharing successful strategies and best practices for introducing new vaccines is essential to ensure rapid, equitable, safe and efficient introduction and delivery of new vaccines.

28 November 2012

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12 – Innovative approaches to immunisation and health delivery

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. This workshop brought together a wealth of country experience in implementation of health programmes and routine immunisation to discuss innovative ideas to improving immunisation services and delivery.

28 November 2012

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09 – The promise of rubella vaccines and MR

Partners Forum 2012 - Session summary. This workshop aimed to give EPI managers, national planners, civil society representatives and others a better understanding to make the case for rubella vaccine introduction.

16 November 2012


Something to write home about from Benin: meningitis vaccination campaign to protect young people

GAVI and partners, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and PATH, gathered in Cotonou this week to mark an upcoming milestone in public health – later this year the 100th million person will be vaccinated with MenAfriVac, less than two years after the start of our mass campaign programme.

12 November 2012


Vaccines to prevent pneumonia deaths reaching poor countries in record time

A vaccine against the leading cause of pneumonia is protecting millions more children in developing countries, according to figures compiled to mark the fourth World Pneumonia Day.

09 November 2012


GAVI statement on latest interim trial data on malaria vaccine candidate

GAVI statement in response to the latest interim data on the trial of malaria vaccine candidate RTS,S published by Glaxosmithkline and Path malaria vaccine initiative.

01 November 2012

Flying Start salute

British Airways launches campaign to fund immunisation

British Airways launch a dynamic in-flight campaign to help raise funds for immunisation in developing countries – a collaboration with GAVI Matching Fund partner Comic Relief.

29 October 2012

Malawi Rotavirus launch

Malawi to protect thousands of children’s lives with rotavirus vaccines

Malawi has become the latest in a growing number of African countries to introduce rotavirus vaccine into its national immunisation programme, offering its children the best possible protection against the primary cause of severe and fatal diarrhoea.

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

04 October 2012

MenAfriVac Path

GAVI partners help protect 50 million young people from seasonal meningitis in Africa

Efforts to eliminate meningitis in 26 at-risk countries will take a major step forward over the next three months as 50 million people receive crucial vaccinations in seven African countries.

24 September 2012


Demand for measles vaccination

I was at Yar Akwa health post in Kano, Northern Nigeria last Friday. We had 2 Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW) preparing to vaccinate about 15 children who have shown up with their mothers for the vaccination session.

19 September 2012

Awards ceremony

Awards ceremony

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

20 June 2012

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The Great, the Good, the Glamorous and Ghana

The Great, the Good and the Glamorous are gathering in Washington DC this week to talk about some really big issues affecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children and adults.

14 June 2012

Child Survival Call to Action - Faith Based Organisations

Faith-based organisations, saving lives is our issue

As 'centre of life' for many African communities, faith-based organisations are well-placed to teach benefits of life-saving health interventions like vaccines and bed nets.

13 June 2012

Doing the Double - Ghana introduces two new vaccines at once

On 26 April 2012, Ghana became the first African country to introduce pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines at the same time, simultaneously tackling the leading causes of the world’s two biggest childhood killers – pneumonia and diarrhoea. This film, produced for the GAVI Alliance, documents the preparations, the launch ceremony and the aftermath.

12 June 2012

Fred Riley of LDS Charities presents a US$ 1.5 million cheque to GAVI Board Chair Dagfinn Høybråten

GAVI commends LDS Church for US$ 1.5 million gift

Donation to be doubled under GAVI Matching Fund as immunisation becomes major Church initiative.

25 May 2012

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194 countries endorse landmark Global Vaccine Action Plan

New strategy is expected to accelerate the achievement of UN MDG4, a two thirds reduction in child mortality between 1990 and 2015.

25 May 2012

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health administers the first Rotateq to a child at Gataraga, Musanze

Rwanda introduces new vaccine against a leading childhood killer

Rotavirus vaccines will protect children from severe and deadly diarrhoea.

23 May 2012

Dr Seth Berkley, GAVI CEO, WHA 2012

GAVI CEO – We will focus on countries with low coverage

Tailored approach required to ensure routine immunisation reaches 19.3 million children who miss out every year.

04 May 2012

The Ghanaian Vaccine Panel

Praise from Washington for Ghana vaccine rollout

Ghanaian Immunization Panel on Thursday night addressed Ghana’s successful rollout of two vaccines simultaneously last week.

30 April 2012

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LDS Church rallies support for historic vaccine rollouts in Ghana

Volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rallied support for the introduction of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines at the same time.

26 April 2012

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Ghana rolls out vaccines against top two killers of children

Simultaneous introduction is first in African history. [German]

26 April 2012

Highlights from Ghana's vaccines launch on 26 April 2012

 On 26 April 2012, during World Immunization Week, mothers and babies, doctors and nurses, tribal elders and supporters from all over the world, came together in Independence Square, Accra, to celebrate the launch of two new vaccines to help protect children against two of the leading child killers – pneumonia and diarrhoea.

26 April 2012

Ghana launches two vaccines at once

On 26 April 2012, Ghana launched two new vaccines, which will protect children against the primary cause of pneumonia and severe diarrhoea -- the two biggest killers of under-fives across the world.

26 April 2012

The human tragedy and the hope behind Ghana’s historic decision

A visit to the wards of Princess Marie Louise Children’s hospital in Accra quickly answers the question why Ghana’s health ministry took the extraordinary decision to introduce pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines simultaneously.

26 April 2012

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Something to celebrate in Ghana

Under the sweltering sun in Accra’s immense Independence Square, hundreds of Ghanaian mothers and their newborn babies gathered this morning to celebrate the nationwide introduction of vaccines that protect against the biggest causes of pneumonia and severe diarrhoea.

24 April 2012

5th Birthday Campaign

USAID’s Shah calls for zero preventable deaths

Launching the “Every Child Deserves a Fifth Birthday” social media campaign in Washington,  the head of the United States Agency for International Development gives a sneak peek of his vision for a world with zero child deaths from preventable diseases.

24 April 2012

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Rotavirus vaccines, potential to save 2.4 million lives

Special supplemental issue of the journal Vaccine provides critical insights on rotavirus vaccine performance to help maximize their impact in developing countries.

20 April 2012

Ghana vaccine heroes

Ghana's vaccine heroes make public health history

From health workers to paediatricians, 100s of Ghanians have played a frontline role in making their country the first in Africa to simultaneously introduce pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines. Six of Ghana’s vaccine heroes describe what it takes to rewrite public health history.

17 April 2012

Dr Opare and other District Health Management Team members

District ownership in Akwapim North, Ghana

I was in Ghana last week, following up on preparations to introduce two new vaccines against diarrhoea and pneumonia.

16 April 2012

The Parliament

European Parliament Magazine highlights immunisation

20-page supplement on vaccines, immunisation and GAVI.

13 April 2012

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Tragedy, hope and raw determination!

Have you ever been to the movies and seen a trailer for a film that you previously had no interest in seeing and then suddenly thought to yourself, “That is a film I CANNOT MISS”?

04 April 2012


International parliamentarians commit to immunisation

A panel of democratically-elected representatives from around the world has committed to advocating for vaccines and immunisation, recognising that the technology is cost-effective in reducing maternal and child mortality.

30 March 2012

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Why Ghana applied to introduce two vaccines

Health official and EPI reveal why Ghana took the unprecedented decision to introduce pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines simultaneously.

21 March 2012

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Ghana to introduce rotavirus, pneumococcal vaccines together

The Ghana Health Service is gearing up for an extraordinary joint introduction of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines.

20 December 2011

Ministry of Health Pentavalent injection

Kerala and Tamil Nadu become the first Indian states to introduce pentavalent vaccine

We have been working with India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the past two years after they were approved by the GAVI Board for pentavalent vaccine introduction; and finally it’s happening, with Kerala and Tamil Nadu, two states with high immunisation coverage, taking the lead.

27 September 2011

Accelerating Africa's access to rotavirus vaccine

Sudan's introduction of rotavirus vaccine earlier this year signalled the start of a wave of African countries ready to counter the world's leading cause of diarrhoeal deaths with GAVI support. In September, the Alliance approved funding for 12 more African countries to introduce the rotavirus vaccine.

10 June 2011

Rotavirus vaccinations in Ghana

Developing countries make record demand for life-saving vaccines

A record 50 GAVI eligible countries have applied for vaccine funding from the GAVI Alliance during the organisation’s latest application round, reported GAVI officials today.

13 May 2011

Mercy Ahun Ghana

Hope for a future free of meningitis in Ghana

Growing up in a Ghanaian coastal village, the dry and dusty trade winds that blew in from the Sahara were associated with Advent, Christmas, and happiness.

08 March 2011

Ghana girls cycling

GAVI joins forces on International Women’s Day to call for rapid introduction of anti-cancer vaccine

On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the GAVI Alliance and Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) called for HPV vaccines to be made available to women and girls living in the poorest countries of the world.

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.

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.

19 May 2009

Developing countries increasingly help finance purchase of life-saving vaccines

Twenty seven countries contribute to vaccine costs through the GAVI Alliance; up from just six in 2007.

08 September 2008

Two million people successfully vaccinated in Abidjan following a yellow fever outbreak

Yellow Fever epidemic contained after combined efforts from the Yellow Fever Partnership to vaccinate over 2.2 million people in the Ivorian capital.

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