WHO's Global Immunization Vision and Strategy defines the challenges and goals for global stakeholders in immunisation. GAVI plays a vital part in progress towards those goals by funding vaccine introduction programmes
UNICEF and WHO have developed the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS) for the period 2002-2015. Its ultimate goal is to reduce the level of vaccine-preventable illness and death by at least two thirds compared to 2000 levels, thus achieving the Millennium Development Goal for child health. This equates to the saving of more than 40 million lives.
GIVS has four key objectives:
- to immunise more people against more diseases;
- to introduce a range of newly available vaccines and technologies;
- to integrate other critical health interventions with immunization;
- to manage vaccination programmes within the context of global interdependence.
GAVI and GIVS
GAVI is funding vaccine introduction programmes that are a vital part of achieving the strategic vision embodied within GIVS, including the introduction of vaccines against pneumococcal disease and rotavirus and the pentavalent vaccine.
With adequate funding, by 2015 GAVI plans to support the immunisation of:
- 90 million children with pneumococcal vaccines;
- 53 million with rotavirus vaccines;
- 230 million with pentavalent vaccines, providing protection from Haemophilus influenzae type b meningitis.