The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host a high-level conference for Gavi’s 2018 Mid-Term Review (MTR) in Abu Dhabi on 10-11 December 2018. The conference will set out a vision for the future of the Gavi model and take stock of the Alliance’s performance halfway through its current five-year strategic period (2016-2020).

“The MTR will not only reflect on our results in the past years, it will also help shape the future of Gavi’s innovative model,” says Gavi CEO Dr Seth Berkley, looking ahead to the event.

New alliances

By outlining new ways of working with partners, the event will also allow Gavi to forge new alliances with the private sector and adopt transformative solutions to advance the global immunisation agenda. Over 200 participants are expected to come to Abu Dhabi, including senior representatives from donor and Gavi-supported countries, partner organisations, civil society, and innovators from the pharmaceutical industry and other sectors.

“We see this event as a great opportunity to celebrate 10 million lives saved, conduct the Mid-Term Review and look to the years ahead,” said the UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, HE Reem Al Hashimy, when she announced the event on 18 April. By the time the meeting takes place, Gavi support will have helped the world’s poorest countries immunise 700 million people, helping to save 10 million lives since the Alliance was set up in 2000.

With innovation integral to the UAE Foreign Assistance policy, we look forward to continuing to work together with Gavi to support innovative health approaches that make a real difference to developing countries, ensuring that every child is protected with life-saving vaccines. 

HE Reem Al Hashimy

UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation

Investment opportunity

In 2015, Gavi’s 2nd pledging conference, hosted by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, saw unprecedented support from donors. Backed by the G7, Gavi raised more than US$ 7.5 billion to help deliver on an ambitious investment opportunity. By 2020, Gavi will have vaccinated an additional 300 million children since 2016, resulting in more than 5 million lives saved and economic benefits of US$ 80-100 billion.

The Abu Dhabi conference will also mark the 10th anniversary of some of Gavi’s innovative financing instruments, such as the International Financing Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm).

United Arab Emirates support for Gavi: timeline

2011: UAE becomes first Gavi donor from Middle-East and North Africa region, committing US$ 33 million (matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).

2016: UAE commits $ 5 million to support Gavi’s Innovation for Uptake, Scale and Equity in Immunisation (INFUSE) initiative.

2018: Minister of State for International Cooperation, HE Reem Al Hashimy announces UAE will host Gavi 2018 Mid-Term Review in Abu Dhabi on 10-11 December.

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