GAVI Matching Fund Breakfast Meeting at WEF

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Preview to GAVI's Matching Fund 'breakfast meeting' at the World Economic Forum on Friday 25th January 2013

Bill Gates at the WEP 2012

Bill Gates, co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at the 2012 Matching Fund Breakfast Meeting

GAVI literally is rooted in the private sector, founded at the World Economic Forum in 2000. Ever since then, GAVI has worked closely with corporations and foundations to ensure that the best practices of the business world are harnessed for the public good.

This week, GAVI returns to its roots at WEF, highlighted by an exclusive, private breakfast discussion on Friday led by GAVI Chair Dagfinn Høybråten and CEO Seth Berkley on how the private sector can work with GAVI through the Matching Fund to improve health outcomes in the developing world.

Among those confirmed to attend: Bill Gates, UK senior official Michael Anderson, GAVI envoys Bill Roedy and Lord Boateng, and more than 30 CEOs, chairs and C-level executives from companies and foundations, such as J.P. Morgan and Comic Relief.

They will hear about extraordinary, innovative collaborations GAVI has developed with its private sector partners – by funding GAVI’s work and providing core business skills to help overcome roadblocks and bring visibility to immunisation – offering them the opportunity to add to GAVI’s remarkable work.


2012 Highlights of the GAVI Matching Fund

  • CNBC, a world leader in television business news in more than 100 countries, is developing a documentary on public-private partnerships, featuring GAVI. The idea emerged at the GAVI Matching Fund breakfast meeting in Davos 2012, attended by a senior CNBC executive.
  • Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that fights poverty and social injustice through the power of entertainment, joined the GAVI Matching Fund following last year’s breakfast meeting. Comic Relief featured immunisation during its BBC Sport Relief telethon in April viewed by 6 million people, and it has helped spotlight immunisation for a fundraising video that is now being broadcast on every British Airways flight. It has pledged US$ 12 million to GAVI.
  • “la Caixa” Foundation, part of the large Spanish savings bank, has been a GAVI private sector partner since 2008, and a founding member of the GAVI Matching Fund. It has contributed US$ 5.7 million through the initiative (US$22 million to GAVI overall), including from its partners in the Business Alliance for Child Vaccination. In 2012, football powerhouse Atletico Madrid joined the Business Alliance and has been helping to bring visibility to the cause of child immunisation through its star striker Radamel Falcao.
  • LDS Charities, the volunteer-driven relief and development arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, became a GAVI Matching Fund partner in June, after supporting GAVI’s double rollout of rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines in Ghana last April. Its volunteers arranged for 1.5 million text messages to be sent in support of the rollouts. It has pledged US$ 4.5 million through the initiative.
  • Vodafone, one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies, is the most recent company to join the GAVI Matching Fund and its first in-kind participant. Vodafone now is working with GAVI to examine how mobile technology can help increase childhood vaccination levels in sub-Saharan Africa. Vodafone’s participation, valued at US$ 1.5 million and matched by the UK, was sparked by the attendance of its CEO, Vittorio Colao, at the 2012 Matching Fund breakfast in Davos.
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