Gavi signs new cooperation agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency

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Memorandum of Cooperation signed in Tokyo.


Dr Seth Berkley and Dr Takao Toda following the signing of the new Memorandum of Cooperation between Gavi and JICA. Credit: JICA/2019.

Geneva, 5 March 2019 – Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will work together to boost vaccine coverage and improve health systems in the world’s poorest countries following the signing of a new Memorandum of Cooperation.

The agreement was signed by Dr Seth Berkley, Gavi CEO, and Dr Takao Toda, JICA Vice President for Human Security and Global Health last week in Tokyo.

“Japan has been a key Gavi supporter since 2011, helping us to vaccinate millions of children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases,” said Dr Berkley. “I’m delighted to sign this new agreement with Dr Toda, which will ensure we continue to work together to improve the health of children worldwide for years to come.”

The Memorandum of Cooperation commits both Gavi and JICA to collaborate to enhance information sharing and improve the use of innovation in areas including modernisation of the cold chain, digital identification and the digitalisation of maternal and child health and immunisation data.

The two organisations will also promote the dissemination of integrated records, such as a maternal and child health handbook, and explore ways to promote the sustainability of immunisation programmes through technical cooperation and the use of innovative financing instruments.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) coordinates Japan’s official development assistance (ODA).


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