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

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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

Women Deliver - HPV Ghana 2013

A schoolgirl in Ghana during the 2013 nationwide introduction of HPV vaccine that protects adolescent girls from cervical cancer. Credit: Gavi/2013/Evelyn Hockstein.

Geneva, 31 May 2019 - Grassroots advocates and world leaders will gather in Vancouver, Canada, from 3-6 June for the Women Deliver conference to explore solutions to achieve a more gender equal world under the theme “Power. Progress. Change.”

The conference presents a unique opportunity for the global community to convene, share new ideas and accelerate momentum to empower women, girls and adolescents worldwide. Immunisation is a gender equal intervention that ensures the health and prosperity of men and women alike. In 2017, around 85% of infants (116.2 million) worldwide were immunised - with no significant difference in global coverage between boys and girls.

This progress is driven in part by Gavi’s Alliance partners who work in low income countries to ensure equitable access to immunisation. Together, we support countries to overcome gender-related barriers to immunisation, including provision of vaccines that specifically benefit girls and women. These include the combined measles-rubella vaccine which can protect girls and women against the risk of miscarriage, and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which can prevent up to 90% of cervical cancer cases. Additionally, HPV vaccine is an opportunity to strengthen health systems to reach adolescent girls with integrated health services for transformative benefits for them and their communities.

By integrating broader health services with strong routine immunisation coverage, countries can reach more people and move closer to the realisation of universal health coverage and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Read more about immunisation as a platform for power, progress, and change with women at its forefront.

Gavi at Women Deliver 2019

Planning to attend Women Deliver? Join us at the sessions below where Gavi, including our civil society partners, will be exploring how immunisation empowers women, girls and adolescents:

Tuesday 4 June

10:00-11:00
A Girl's Life: The Interconnected Impact of Nutrition, Education and Health on Every Girl
Location: Education Hub @ The Fueling Station
Organisers: GPE, WFP, Global Citizen

15:00-16:00
Concurrent Session: Ensuring quality of care throughout the life course for women and girls 
Location: Room 301-305, Vancouver Convention Center
Organisers: NCD Alliance, FIGO, Help Age International

20:00-22:00
Side Event: Every country can eliminate cervical cancer: Join our brainstorming on driving national development to reach all girls and women
Location: Room 205-207, Vancouver Convention Center
Organisers: WHO, UICC

Wednesday 5 June

10:30-12:00
Concurrent Session: Investing in impact! Sustainable financing for women, adolescents and girls
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Location: Room 217-219, Vancouver Convention Center
Organisers: Gavi, The Global Fund, The Global Financing Facility

Thursday 6 June

06:00-08:00
Side Event: Powering Change: United for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health
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Location: Room 217-219, Vancouver Convention Center
Organisers: Gavi, PMNCH

10:30-11:00
Healthy, educated and immunized girls: how do we accelerate human capital development and provide a booster to the SDGs?
Location: Education Hub @ The Fueling Station
Organisers: GPE, Gavi, ONE

12:45-12:55
Power Talk: Ensuring young girls are protected from preventable cervical cancer in Bangladesh, Dr Kaosar Afsana, M.D., Professor, James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

17:00-19:00
Count me in: Ensuring equitable access to interventions for cervical cancer prevention interventions in LMICs
Location: Room 211, Vancouver Convention Center
Organiser: Jhpiego

Can’t make it to Women Deliver? Catch all of the action in Vancouver online and follow along using #WD2019 on Twitter.

 

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