Seth Berkley on health in the post-2015 development agenda

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GAVI CEO publishes paper expressing his initial views on the next set of development goals

Discussions are well under way to shape the post-2015 development agenda. The next set of development goals represent an opportunity for us to rethink what makes development that is inclusive, inspiring, innovative, and applicable to all people. It is an opportunity to build on lessons learned, but also to create a vision for the future for our next generation to take forward.

Health is at the core of development. Like other global health stakeholders, the GAVI Alliance is promoting the inclusion of one specific health goal. Goals, targets and indicators should resonate with the general public, yet be robust enough to meet some of the world’s most complex economic, environmental, and social issues. These goals and indicators need to make sense within a 21st century context.

We need to continue to ensure people are at the centre of a future development agenda and that health is recognised not just as a matter of individual well-being but as a foundation of economic development and our collective prosperity. 

Dr Seth Berkley, GAVI Alliance CEO

Health indicator

Below the health goal will be a series of indicators. There are good reasons to include a health indicator that speaks to routine immunisation. 

The evidence of the health and economic benefits of vaccines demonstrate that immunisation is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions. Immunisation offers protection against a myriad of preventable diseases, avoiding catastrophic health expenditures for both individuals and societies and improving productivity.

In order to ensure real change in a post-2015 world, we need to forge new solutions and build alliances across all geographical levels. 

 The post-2015 agenda can catalyse transformative change by calling for 21st century development models that encourage creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development.

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