GAVI congratulates Nobel Peace Prize winner

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: "a passionate advocate for global health"

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addresses the GAVI Pledging Conference in June 2011. Source: GAVI/2011/Ben Fisher.

Geneva, 7 October 2011 - The GAVI Alliance congratulates Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

"This award is timely and thoroughly deserved. President Johnson Sirleaf is a tireless advocate for the right of all people to health and immunisation and we applaud the Norwegian Nobel committeeís decision to recognise her," said GAVI Alliance Chief Executive Officer, Seth Berkley MD.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Africa's first democratically elected female president.


"President Johnson Sirleaf's advocacy at GAVI's Pledging Conference on 13 June this year for the right of children across the developing world to have the same access to life-saving vaccines as children in richer nations helped us raise an additional US$ 4.3 billion for childhood immunisation in countries like Liberia."

President Johnson Sirleaf is a tireless advocate for the right of all people to health and immunisation.

Seth Berkley MD, GAVI Alliance Chief Executive Officer

"The GAVI Alliance is proud to have helped support President Johnson Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia in rebuilding the nation's health system and childhood immunisation programme and we will continue to be a partner in development," Dr Berkley said.

Support for GAVI's mission

"President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has consolidated peace, lifted the economy and put women's and children's rights on the international agenda," said GAVI Alliance Board Chair Dagfinn Høybråten.

"Her humble and persistent support for GAVI's mission to save children's lives and protect people's health by increasing access to vaccination in developing countries has been critical and we are delighted to see her being recognised in this way," he said.

"Her quiet, determined diplomacy and passionate belief that women and children deserve the same rights as others, inspires us to continue our efforts to reach all children with the best vaccines available, wherever they live," he added.

Three women

In a statement issued today, The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 is to be divided in three equal parts between Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work.

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65 million

In 2017 alone, 65 million children were immunised with Gavi-supported vaccines. This equates to more than 190 million points of contact between these children and the primary health system and provides a robust platform for other health interventions.


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