Gender policy

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GAVI has committed to increasing immunisation coverage by 1) supporting countries to overcome gender-related barriers to accessing immunisation services and 2) promoting equity of access and utilisation for all girls and boys, women and men to immunisation and related health services that respond to their different health needs


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Reducing gender inequality is both an end in itself and a prerequisite for sustainable and inclusive development. The Gender Policy aims to increase access to immunisation through gender sensitive and gender transformative programmes that also contribute to achieving the international goal of gender equality.

GAVI's commitment

First approved by the GAVI Board in June 2008, the GAVI Alliance Gender policy recognises that ensuring equal access is a key factor in expanding immunisation coverage and reinforcing national services. In November 2013, a revised policy was approved by the GAVI Board, taking into account new evidence which shows that gender-related barriers prevent both boys and girls from receiving vaccination and health care in GAVI-eligible countries.

The GAVI Alliance will pursue the goals of the revised Gender Policy by:

  • ensuring gender sensitive funding and programmatic approaches;
  • generating, supporting, reporting, and analysing new evidence and data;
  • advocating for gender equality as a means to improve immunisations coverage;
  • increasing accountability for gender-related results.

168 million

GAVI-supported vaccine campaigns have resulted in 100 million individuals being immunised against meningitis A and 68 million against yellow fever since 2000.

Meningitis A Conjugate Vaccine Immunizaton Campaign. Joint WHO/UNICEF 2011 Progress Report: January to December 2012. March 2013, p.3 | 2011 data. Yellow Fever Initiative. Joint WHO and UNICEF 2011 Progress Report Nov 2012, p.13, 15. 2012 data: Based on data from Epidemiology of Yellow Fever in the African Region: 2012 report. WHO Regional Office for Africa. April 2013, p.6.

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