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The ground-breaking work of the GAVI Alliance and its partners in increasing access to immunisation has garnered wide-ranging support

Dr Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health, Rwanda, following GAVI's HPV vaccine price announcement, 9 May 2013

"In 2011, Rwanda became the first country in Africa to have a school-based national cervical cancer prevention programme. We vaccinated 93% of our girls with HPV vaccine and today we are starting HPV testing for our women. In 2014, Rwanda will be the first GAVI-eligible country for national HPV vaccination. This will allow us to have a sustainable national HPV prevention programme. Rwanda’s example should motivate other countries to expand their vaccination programmes and include vaccine, according to their specific needs, especially now that the GAVI Alliance has included the HPV vaccine in its immunization package at this low price."


Laura Bush, Former US First Lady, following GAVI's HPV vaccine price announcement, 9 May 2013

"Thanks to the work of the GAVI Alliance, young women who could have been infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes deadly cervical cancer are now going to be vaccinated against it. I am proud of the Bush Institute’s Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon collaboration with GAVI that will help to make cervical cancer a disease of the past."


Vanessa Mdee, MTV Africa VJ, Tanzania, following GAVI's HPV vaccine price announcement, 9 May 2013

"It breaks my heart to see lives cut short due to ailments. In Africa these losses happen often and deprive our societies. It's about time proper healthcare is administered for all, especially the future generation. GAVI is making this possible by pioneering the administration of the HPV vaccine. Giving my younger sisters a chance - that's one less killer to worry about."


Professor Ian Frazer, creator of the HPV vaccine, following GAVI's HPV vaccine price announcement, 9 May 2013

"Vaccines represent enormous value for money in aid spending, because they massively reduce mortality and costly disease burden. It’s fantastic to see the HPV vaccine rolled out in so many countries, thanks to the support of GAVI and the Australian Government."


Cary Adams, CEO of the Union for International Cancer Control, following GAVI's HPV vaccine price announcement, 9 May 2013

"Looking back, when the Hepatitis B vaccine was launched, many said it was too expensive and out of reach of developing countries. The price dropped dramatically and it is now in the routine immunisation programmes of most counties around the world, reducing the risk of liver cancer for millions of people. Now, thanks to GAVI and its partners, the HPV vaccine has also become more affordable to poorer countries, having dropped to $4.50 per dose. This critical step towards preventing cervical cancer is even more timely with the recent inclusion of vaccination against HPV in the draft WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases."


Dr John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society, following GAVI's HPV vaccine price announcement, 9 May 2013

"One of the biggest tragedies about cervical cancer is that it is largely preventable. In the US, many women have access to HPV vaccines that help prevent cervical cancer, and screening and treatment. Today, few women in the US die from the disease. But in Africa and other parts of the developing world, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths. African women often don’t have access to cancer screening and treatment, and HPV vaccines are either not available or are too expensive. Where you live should not determine whether you survive cervical cancer. Cancer should not be about where you are born. Last year, GAVI’s decision to provide HPV vaccine support to poorer countries was a major step forward in making HPV vaccines available to girls living in developing countries. Now, the announcement of a record low vaccine price makes the vaccine more affordable. Tens of millions of girls across sub-Saharan Africa will be vaccinated, offering hope of a future free from cervical cancer."


Christine Kaseba, First Lady Zambia, following GAVI's HPV vaccine price announcement, 9 May 2013

"Cervical cancer is an issue that I feel very strongly about, and I’m really looking forward to seeing developing countries getting access to HPV vaccines. When you look at the cancer burden in developing countries, especially in Africa, it’s clear we cannot withstand a cancer epidemic. So we really must do something, and this is why I am so happy that GAVI has invested so much in the provision of HPV vaccine. This is really going to shift the burden of cancer deaths away from the developing countries and perhaps even put it on par with developed countries."


Her Excellency, Mrs Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda on International Women's Day, 8 March 2012

Jeanette Kagame

"Rwanda’s call for HPV vaccines has been answered. GAVI’s decision to support HPV vaccines is a welcome step forward towards ensuring that this and future generations of Rwandan girls and young women will receive life- saving immunisation against cervical cancer"


Julio Frenk, Dean, Harvard School of Public Health; Chair, Global Task Force on Expanded Acess to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries; Former Minister of Health, Mexico 18 November 2011

Julio Frenk

"...GAVI's decision to include the HPV vaccine is a visionary investment that will promote equity, the health of women, and development..."


John R. Seffrin, PhD, chief executive officer, American Cancer Society, during the World Cancer Leaders' Summit, 18 November 2011

John R. Seffrin

"...This important announcement from GAVI builds on the enormous progress made this year in the fight against cancer and other noncommunicable diseases. We know that HPV vaccines can help prevent 70% of the 500,000 cervical cancer cases each year. In developing countries, where 88% of cervical cancer deaths occur, it is critical for women to have access to this lifesaving vaccine..."

CEO of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), Cary Adams, during the World Cancer Leaders' Summit, 18 November 2011

Cary Adams

"...Today’s announcement at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit represents a major step-forward in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. We have seen how effectively HPV vaccination programmes can prevent cervical cancer in the developed world, UICC is delighted that through the GAVI initiative people in low-and middle- income countries will now be afforded the same life-saving protection..."

Modou Diagne Fada, Minister of Health, Senegal, 17 November 2011

Modou Diagne Fada

"...Today is a happy day for women in Senegal. At long last, our call has been answered. The Board’s decision to support HPV vaccines means cervical cancer will not forever be the burden that it is today..."


Prof Harald zur Hausen, Nobel Prize Laureate for Medicine in 2008 for discovering the link between HPV and cervical cancer, 17 November 2011

Harald zur Hausen

"...I am delighted to see the HPV vaccine on its way to protect many lives. In developing countries girls and women often have only very limited access to screenings and medical treatment, so the vaccine will play a crucial role in the fight against cervical cancer..."


Ian Frazer, creator of the HPV vaccine, 17 November 2011

Ian Frazer

"...no person should be denied access to an effective measure to prevent serious disease, simply because they were born in the wrong place..."


Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, speaking at the start of the GAVI Alliance Board meeting in Bangladesh, 15 November 2011

Ban Ki-moon

"...These funds … can deliver a promise of a future free from the threat of cervical cancer to millions of young women thanks to the HPV vaccine. This is critical to the Every Woman Every Child campaign..."


Hon. El Hadji Malick Diop, MP (Senegal), 9 November 2011

Malick Diop

"...Pneumonia is a leading cause of death among children under five years in Senegal. Thanks to the support provided by the GAVI Alliance and its donors, my country will soon be able to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine and contribute to saving the lives of thousands of children. A big thank you for your support!...."


Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, addressing the Norwegian parliament, 4 October 2011

Jens Stoltenberg

"...During the past year, 600 000 children received the gift of life and 70 000 more women were able to experience the wonder of life in feeling the warmth of a newborn. This is a clear indication that the world is moving in the right direction. I am delighted to say that Norway actively contributes to this goal by supporting vaccination for all children. Our country supports GAVI, an alliance led in a highly active manner by Dagfinn Høybråten...."


The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, during the GAVI Pledging conference for immunisation, 13 June 2011

David Cameron

"...GAVI is quite simply a great organisation. It was set up by people who wanted to do aid in a different way. It doesn’t just save lives for the here and now but gives those countries and economies the ability to grow and succeed..."


Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, during the GAVI Pledging conference for immunisation, 13 June 2011

Bill Gates

"...GAVI is a great investment because it really gets into the countries and gets these new vaccines out there. It is now that we are going to start to get the last two vaccines that rich kids take for granted – the pneumococcus and rotavirus – and over these next five years get them out to every child everywhere. That means, for the first time ever, that we have equity in vaccines..."


Bill Roedy, Former CEO of MTV Networks and GAVI Envoy, during the Pledging Conference for immunisation, 13 June 2011

Bill Roedy

"...This is one crackerjack operation. I have never seen a leaner, meaner, hungrier, more efficient operation in all of global health, in fact in all of business. I love vaccinations. I like them as much as Rock and Roll TV. And we’re going to make it even cooler than MTV ever was..."


Kevin Rudd, Former Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, during the GAVI Pledging conference for immunisation, 13 June 2011

Kevin Rudd

"... The overwhelming success of the (June 13 pledging) conference is an illustration of the confidence of the global community in the efficiency and effectiveness of the GAVI model. The Australian government considers GAVI to be one of the best-buy interventions for child health and a key partner in Australia’s commitment to provide $ 1.6 billion for maternal and child health programmes by 2015..."


USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, addressing the London School of Economics, UK, 13 June 2011

Rajiv Shah

"...The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation is just an absolutely outstanding example of the future of development policy and implementation. GAVI really does represent the future of what we’re trying to do with all of our development portfolios and our assistance in the United States..."


Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, message to the GAVI Pledging conference for immunisation, 13 June 2011

Ban Ki-moon

"...GAVI has changed the way we wage war against preventable diseases. By daring to be imaginative, innovative and bold, we have raised significant capital and ensured the delivery of vaccines to those who need them most..."


CEO of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), Cary Adams, during the WHO global forum: Addressing the challenge of noncommunicable diseases, 27th April 2011

Cary Adams

"...GAVI has enabled many of the world poorest countries to demonstrate success with the world’s first anti-cancer vaccine - preventing liver cancer through immunization with the Hepatitis B vaccine. UICC encourages donors to help repeat that success and governments to add the second anti-cancer vaccine to their health plans by introducing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to tackle the largest cancer killer of women in developing countries – cervical cancer..."


The UK's former Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, delivering a statement to the 83rd meeting of the Development Committee in Washington DC, 16 April 2011

Andrew Mitchell

"...the UK is delighted to be hosting the GAVI Pledging Conference on 13 June in London. It is an exciting opportunity to tackle child mortality with one of the most cost effective health interventions available..."



Victor Makwenge Kaput, Minister of Health, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), commenting as ONE.org launches a UK vaccine campaign, 12 April 2011

Victor Makwenge

"...We work together with GAVI and its partners to seize this opportunity, and save millions of additional lives. The support from donor countries like the UK, France, and other European countries will be essential if we want to continue introducing these new life-saving vaccines..."


José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission, during a press statement following his meeting with Bill Gates in Strasbourg, 5 April 2011

Jose Barroso

"...the lack of vaccines is a silent scourge killing millions of people worldwide. We must and we can stop this!...The Commission itself has since 2003 committed €73.4 million to GAVI. And we will step up our contribution in the June pledging conference..."



Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, during an address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, 5 April 2011

Bill Gates

"...So what GAVI is doing is getting new vaccines out to children and having incredible success. In fact, over five million lives have been saved by this work...One of the most important statistics that I track is the number of children under five who die every year. Back in 1960 it was over 20 million. Now it is a bit over eight million. My belief is that if donors do the right things, within 15 years we can cut it in half again to be less than four million. And vaccines would be a major part of that..."

Sir Gus Nossal, Medical Biologist, researcher and scholar; former President of International Union of Immunological Societies, former Chair of World Health Organization's expert advisory group on vaccines, 21 March 2011

Gus Nossal

"...I consider GAVI to be one of the most brilliant programmes in the global public health space..."




The UK's Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, delivering a statement to the House of Commons following DFID's recent Multilateral Aid Review, 01 March 2011

Andrew Mitchell

"...I am delighted to tell the House that nine organisations have been assessed as providing very good value for the British taxpayer. These include UNICEF, The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation - GAVI, the Private Infrastructure Development Group, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. We will increase funding to these organisations, because they have a proven track record of delivering excellent results for poor people..."


ONE.org Co-founder and U2 lead singer, Bono's open letter to French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Le Monde, 28 January 2011

M. le Président, get things done !

Bono Vox

"...Two new vaccines, just ready to launch, are the best hope we've ever had to stop a couple of mass murderers: pneumococal, which kills about 800,000 children a year, and rotavirus, which kills another half million.

This I've got to make some noise about, M. le Président, and it won't sound like cheering. As aid levels drop and promises slip - in France and beyond - African clinics are running out of life-saving drugs, death sentences are being reinstated, and the promise of new immunisations is at risk of being lost. Bill Gates thinks you should match France's generosity to the Global Fund with renewed support for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations. I think Bill Gates is a very smart man..."


French President, Nicolas Sarkozy's response, 29 January 2011

Cher Bono,

Nicolas Sarkozy

"...I hear your message about the financing of new vaccine campaigns. The pledging conference of the GAVI Alliance will be critical...France will strongly encourage all the countries that are in a position to do so to contribute to this pledging conference..."

Kenya’s Minister for Public Health and Sanitation, Beth Mugo, speaking during the Kenyan launch of the pneumococcal vaccine, 14 February 2011

Beth Mugo

"...Today’s introduction of the pneumococcal vaccine in Kenya is an historic step towards improved health for children in Kenya and in other developing countries...

The global introduction of pneumococcal vaccination is a milestone in global health and will help us reduce child mortality..."


The UK's Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, speaking during the Kenyan launch of the pneumococcal vaccine, 14 February 2011

Andrew Mitchell

"As one of the biggest supporters to the GAVI Alliance, the United Kingdom is at the forefront of international efforts to protect children from preventable diseases. Today’s launch is an important step forward in the fight to reduce child mortality and protect the world’s poorest children.

I am fully committed to working with our international partners to ensure that GAVI's valuable work continues to receive the support it deserves and look forward to hosting GAVI’s next pledging conference in London in June."


Her Excellency, First Lady of the Republic of Malawi, Callista Mutharika, speaking during the Immunisation Advocacy Event, Lilongwe, Malawi, 31 December 2010

Sallista Mutharika

"Today…my foundation, the Callista Mutharika Safe Motherhood Foundation, is celebrating with the people of Lumbadzi and the people of Malawi with this important message: Women and men, in 2011 please make immunization of your children a priority.

On the part of government, civil society and donors, the priority in 2011 is to put resources together in making sure that everyone who needs immunisation gets itI would like to assure the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) that my foundation will cooperate with advancing the call for greater resources..."


Dr Guillermo Gonzalez, Special Advisor to the President of Nicaragua, former health minister, speaking during a side-event to the UN MDG Summit, 20 September 2010

Guillermo Gonzalez

"...With GAVI’s support over the last three years, we have reached 95% of our children with the rotavirus vaccine. Since then, we have observed a reduction of 35 to 40% in mortality from diarrhoea in children under the age of one. And for children under the age of five, we have seen a reduction of 50%...We believe in GAVI..."


Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, speaking during a side-event to the UN MDG Summit, 20 September 2010

Margaret Chan

"...Vaccines are among the most cost-effective public health interventions. And one of the best buys you can get for your bucks...We would like to appeal to the generosity of countries and organisations and the private sector. Open your purse..."



22 million

Over 22 million infants remain unimmunised in the world each year.


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