First pledging conference
Gavi 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.
The strong commitment to Gavi’s first pledging process was made at a well attended high-level meeting today entitled Saving children’s lives – a call for action and resources for the Vaccine Alliance.
US$4.3 billion to scale-up immunisation programmes
Despite the financial crisis, let’s surprise everyone next June by ensuring that Gavi gets the funding it needs.
Mary Robinson, former Chair of the Gavi Board
Chaired by the Governments of the United States and Norway, meeting participants discussed ways to fund programmes to avert an estimated 4.2 million future deaths through immunisation.
Gavi needs to raise US$4.3 billion to scale-up immunisation programmes between 2010 and 2015.
Mary Robinson, Chair of the Gavi Board, summed up the deliberations by saying, “The right to health is a basic human right and the inequity that exists between those children who are lucky enough to be vaccinated and those who are not is shocking.”
“Every one of us shares a collective responsibility to make a difference. Despite the financial crisis, let’s surprise everyone next June by ensuring that Gavi gets the funding it needs. Gavi's mission is too important to fail.”