Women Deliver 2019 will be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. As a gender-equal health intervention, immunisation plays a key role in keeping girls, adolescents and women healthy.

Geneva, 31 May 2019 - Grassroots advocates and world leaders will gather in Vancouver, Canada, from 3-6 June for the Women Deliver conference to explore solutions to achieve a more gender equal world under the theme “Power. Progress. Change.”

The conference presents a unique opportunity for the global community to convene, share new ideas and accelerate momentum to empower women, girls and adolescents worldwide. Immunisation is a gender-equal intervention that ensures the health and prosperity of men and women alike. In 2017, around 85% of infants (116.2 million) worldwide were immunised - with no significant difference in global coverage between boys and girls.

This progress is driven in part by Gavi’s Alliance partners who work in low income countries to ensure equitable access to immunisation. Together, we support countries to overcome gender-related barriers to immunisation, including provision of vaccines that specifically benefit girls and women. These include the combined measles-rubella vaccine which can protect girls and women against the risk of miscarriage, and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which can prevent up to 90% of cervical cancer cases. Additionally, HPV vaccine is an opportunity to strengthen health systems to reach adolescent girls with integrated health services for transformative benefits for them and their communities.

By integrating broader health services with strong routine immunisation coverage, countries can reach more people and move closer to the realisation of universal health coverage and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Read more about immunisation as a platform for power, progress, and change with women at its forefront.

Gavi at Women Deliver 2019

Planning to attend Women Deliver? Join us at the sessions below where Gavi, including our civil society partners, will be exploring how immunisation empowers women, girls and adolescents:

Tuesday 4 June

A Girl's Life: The Interconnected Impact of Nutrition, Education and Health on Every Girl
Location: Education Hub @ The Fueling Station
Organisers: GPE, WFP, Global Citizen

Concurrent Session: Ensuring quality of care throughout the life course for women and girls 
Location: Room 301-305, Vancouver Convention Center
Organisers: NCD Alliance, FIGO, Help Age International

Side Event: Every country can eliminate cervical cancer: Join our brainstorming on driving national development to reach all girls and women
Location: Room 205-207, Vancouver Convention Center
Organisers: WHO, UICC

Wednesday 5 June

Concurrent Session: Investing in impact! Sustainable financing for women, adolescents and girls
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Location: Room 217-219, Vancouver Convention Center
Organisers: Gavi, The Global Fund, The Global Financing Facility

Thursday 6 June

Side Event: Powering Change: United for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health
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Location: Room 217-219, Vancouver Convention Center
Organisers: Gavi, PMNCH

Healthy, educated and immunized girls: how do we accelerate human capital development and provide a booster to the SDGs?
Location: Education Hub @ The Fueling Station
Organisers: GPE, Gavi, ONE

Power Talk: Ensuring young girls are protected from preventable cervical cancer in Bangladesh, Dr Kaosar Afsana, M.D., Professor, James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

Count me in: Ensuring equitable access to interventions for cervical cancer prevention interventions in LMICs
Location: Room 211, Vancouver Convention Center
Organiser: Jhpiego

Can’t make it to Women Deliver? Catch all of the action in Vancouver online and follow along using #WD2019 on Twitter.

Notes to editors

About Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped to immunise a whole generation – over 760 million children – and prevented more than 13 million deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 developing countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting health systems as well as funding global stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningitis and yellow fever vaccines. After two decades of progress, Gavi is now focused on protecting the next generation and reaching the unvaccinated children still being left behind, employing innovative finance and the latest technology – from drones to biometrics – to save millions more lives, prevent outbreaks before they can spread and help countries on the road to self-sufficiency. Learn more at www.gavi.org and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. View the full list of donor governments and other leading organizations that fund Gavi’s work here.

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