Dr Flavia Bustreo appointed Vice Chair of Gavi Board

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WHO Assistant Director-General will also chair the Board’s Governance Committee

Dr Flavia Bustreo

Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General.
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Geneva, 11 December 2014 - Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has today appointed World Health Organization Assistant Director-General for Family, Women's and Children's Health Dr Flavia Bustreo as the new Vice Chair of its Board.

Dr Bustreo has been a Gavi Board member since 2010 and will take up the position of Vice Chair on the January 1st 2015. As part of her responsibilities as Vice Chair of the Board, Dr Bustreo will also be the Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee.

“I am very humbled by the Board’s decision, which is I believe is a reflection of the value of WHO’s critical role and contribution to the Alliance,” said Dr Bustreo. “I am also delighted that my appointment coincides with Human Rights Day and at a time when Gavi is embarking on its new strategy for 2016-2020, given that Gavi is such a critical instrument  to saving and improving  the lives of women and children and increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower income countries “

Dr Bustreo succeeds UNICEF Deputy Executive director Dr Geeta Rao Gupta who has served as Vice Chair since 2011.

“I am grateful to Geeta Rao Gupta for her strong support and counsel during a period of remarkable expansion of Gavi’s programmes,” said Gavi Board Chair Dagfinn Høybråten. “Geeta Rao Gupta was, along with Flavia Bustreo, a leading advocate in support of crucial board decisions including the approval of support for human papillomavirus vaccine and measles-rubella vaccine.”

“Flavia Bustreo’s appointment comes at an important moment for Gavi as we seek to secure funds for immunisation programmes between 2016 and 2020. We have a great deal of work to do if we are to reach every child with lifesaving vaccines and the knowledge and experience that Flavia will bring to her new role will help us address the challenges we face,” added Mr Høybråten.

Dr Bustreo has served as the WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women's and Children's Health since 2010. Her responsibilities include the oversight of WHO’s work on immunisation, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, social and environmental determinants of health, gender, equity and human rights and ageing.

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