GAVI responds to Medecins Sans Frontieres

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In response to a press release issued by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on 8 August 2013, the GAVI Alliance issued the following statement

The GAVI Alliance congratulates MSF on beginning to vaccinate children with pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV) in the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan. We were pleased to have been able to play a facilitating role in helping MSF procure these vaccines.

Like MSF, which is an active member of the CSO constituency of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), we are working to ensure that all children have access to the latest and best vaccines available.

Our focus is on expanding access to vaccines in a long-term sustainable way and that means working through the governments of the world’s 73 poorest countries to strengthen and expand routine immunisation services for all children.

South Sudan has yet to apply for GAVI support for PCV but when it does, GAVI will work with the Ministry of Health to help them roll it out sustainably to all children in the country. First, we will support South Sudan to introduce the pentavalent vaccine starting next year (2014). Just this month, GAVI has supported neighbouring Sudan to introduce PCV. 

We recognise the importance of vaccines in humanitarian emergencies and where we can add value, we have and will continue to try to help.  For example, soon after we supported the introduction of PCV in Kenya, we supported the Government to provide PCV for Somali children in the Dadaab refugee camp.

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