Five reasons why investing in vaccines and immunisation through our Alliance guarantees a high rate of return in lives and dollars
Four million future deaths can be averted by 2015 through increased investment in vaccines
GAVI's first decade has averted over five million future deaths. By 2015, GAVI has the potential to immunise 240 million children and avert an additional four million future deaths with its support for a series of life-saving vaccines that have yet to reach the world's poorest countries.The new offensive will target:
- the two biggest killers of children, pneumonia and diarrhoea, through accelerating the introduction of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines;
- deadly meningitis epidemics supporting a new vaccine against meningitis A;
- the introduction of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines that protect women against cervical cancer, and other prioritised vaccines against Japanese encephalitis, rubella and typhoid;
- strengthened routine immunisation programmes as part of integrated health services for women and children.
The world cannot afford to miss the opportunity to deliver life-saving vaccines against the two biggest child killers
Everything is in place for GAVI to protect children from pneumonia and diarrhoea and help the world move toward achieving Millennium Development Goal four - reducing child mortality by two-thirds before 2015:
- GAVI's programme support offers new and life-saving vaccines against pneumococcal and rotavirus disease;
- Two-thirds of GAVI’s approved programmes in late 2011 involved the introduction of the pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines; country applications approved for rotavirus vaccines increased nine-fold and nearly doubled for pneumococcal vaccines;
- By mid-2012, 18 developing countries had already started to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine with GAVI support; by the end of 2011, Ghana, Rwanda and Sudan had become the first African nations to introduce rotavirus vaccine with GAVI support.
Right to health
Poor children have the same right to access life-saving vaccines as children from wealthier backgrounds
Yet, on average, 15 years separate a vaccine's discovery and its introduction in low-income countries. This means 19 million of all children worldwide do not receive the life-saving vaccines that are taken for granted on vaccination cards in most industralised countries. Investing in GAVI and vaccines will help redress this inequity.
How you can help
- Seize opportunities to spread the message through articles in the media, blogs and public presentations.
- Spread the word via email and social media sites.
- Make sure GAVI's key messages about the power of immunisation and the opportunity to save lives are in all your communications: newsletters, website, blog, etc.
- Contact your local politician and express support for immunisation and full funding for GAVI.
- If you are from a civil society organisation (CSO), join the GAVI CSO constituency.
- Share your stories of the power of immunisation and its impact with us. We’ll share them with others.
- Make a donation to GAVI.
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- Subscribe to GAVI’s Immunisation insights newsletter.