Dagfinn Høybråten appointed GAVI Alliance Board Chair to the end of 2015

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Continuity secured at a crucial time for the vaccine alliance

GAVI Board Chair Dagfinn Hoybraten addresses the GAVI Alliance Board meeting, 18 June 2014. Credit: GAVI/2014/Evangelina Zoupanos

GAVI Board Chair Dagfinn Hoybraten addresses the GAVI Alliance Board meeting, 18 June 2014.
Credit: GAVI/2014/Evangelina Zoupanos.

Geneva, 19 June 2014– The GAVI Alliance Board has today unanimously agreed to reappoint Dagfinn Høybråten as its Chair until the end of 2015 to help guide the Alliance through its second replenishment and secure sufficient funding for the 2016 to 2020 period.

The GAVI Alliance Board Chair normally serves a maximum of two two-year terms but with the Alliance currently seeking funding from donors to secure programmes for the 2016-2020 period, which will help immunise an additional 300 million children, the Board chose to capitalise on Dagfinn Høybråten’s experience and the continuity his reappointment brings.

Under Dagfinn Høybråten’s leadership, the GAVI Alliance secured full funding for the 2011-2015 period, enabling the Alliance to support programmes that have put developing countries on track to immunise almost a quarter of a billion children in that period.

The Norwegian’s four-year tenure has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of vaccine programmes in developing countries, giving more children than ever access to lifesaving new vaccines which protect against potentially fatal illnesses such as pneumonia and severe diarrhoea.

Dagfinn Høybråten also helped the Alliance take revolutionary steps in the fight against cervical cancer with the introduction of the human papillomavirus vaccine into countries eligible for Alliance support. 

“I am honoured to be leading the GAVI Alliance through a crucial but exciting period,” said Dagfinn Høybråten. “Together we have the opportunity over the next 12 months to lay the foundations to help us deliver on our target of reaching an additional 300 million children in developing countries with vaccines.”

“Dagfinn’s leadership and experience will be crucial over the next year as we seek new funding to help us expand immunisation programmes,” said Geeta Rao Gupta, Vice Chair of the GAVI Alliance Board and Chair of the Governance Committee. “We are grateful for the personal and political commitment he brings to the cause of immunisation. His influence will be vital in this critical period.”

Alongside his role as GAVI Alliance Board Chair, Dagfinn Høybråten is Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers. He is also a former Minister of Health and Vice President of the Norwegian Parliament.

11 million

Gavi support had contributed to immunising 11 million children against pneumococcal disease by the end of 2013.

WHO/UNICEF

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