The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have pledged £ 50 million and US$ 50 million, respectively, to match contributions from the private sector. As a result, several companies are making a significant impact as partners in the GAVI Matching Fund:
ARK: Catalyzing health outcomes for children
I am delighted that ARK has become the first organization to sign up to the GAVI Matching Fund to help immunise tens of thousands of children in developing countries
Andrew Mitchell, Then-UK Secretary of State for International Affairs
Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) is an international charity whose purpose is to transform children’s lives. In June 2011, ARK pledged US$ 3.2 million to GAVI, becoming the first organization to accept DFID’s offer to match private donations.
"ARK has always believed that the private sector can and must do more,” ARK Chairman Ian Wace said at GAVI’s Pledging Conference in London. “Our pledge was intended as a call to action for that sector to rise to the challenge of partnership to save children's lives.”
ARK’s contribution to GAVI will support the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in Zambia, where diarrhoea is the second largest killer of children under age five. To complement the vaccine introduction, ARK is working with the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) on a diarrhoea prevention and control program. The program aims to vaccinate 750,000 children against rotavirus and train 560 healthcare workers by 2015.
Anglo American: Working in partnership to address the burden of disease
A coordinated response between governments, the private sector and civil society is required, and to this end we support innovative health financing partnerships like GAVI
Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive of Anglo American
Anglo American plc is one of the world’s largest mining companies, operating in Africa, Europe, South and North America, Australia and Asia. With more than 95% of its workforce in developing countries, Anglo American appreciates the importance of strong health systems and is committed to improving the quality of primary health care in its host communities and countries.
In 2002, Anglo American became the first major employer to offer free antiretroviral treatment to its HIV positive employees, and in 2008 Anglo American extended the benefit to employees’ families and dependents. In 2010, it challenged 112 global businesses associated with the G20 to follow its lead in funding global health programs, pledging US$ 3 million over three years to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
In June 2011 Anglo American became the first UK plc to participate in the GAVI Matching Fund, pledging US $3 million over three years, which is being matched by DFID. Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive of Anglo American, commented at the time that, “We hope that our action will encourage a similar level of support for GAVI from other large companies in the UK and around the world. In November 2011, Anglo American presented the first of three US$ 1 million cheques for immunisation programmes under the GAVI Matching Fund.
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK): 10 years transforming children’s lives
Our hope is that CIFF’s journey will be useful for all who aim to make development more impactful
Jamie Cooper-Hohn, President & CEO of CIFF
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK) is a UK-based foundation which aims to demonstrably improve the lives of children living in poverty in developing countries by achieving large-scale sustainable impact. CIFF believes that every child deserves to survive, thrive and mature into adulthood in a supportive and safe environment.
“Pneumococcal disease is the most prevalent cause of pneumonia and the leading vaccine-preventable killer of children younger than five,” says CIFF President & CEO Jamie Cooper-Hohn. “The GAVI Matching Fund challenge put forward by DFID and the Gates Foundation makes this an especially compelling investment for CIFF, and we’re excited to participate.”
Comic Relief: A just world free from poverty
We’re delighted to be partnering with GAVI and, thanks to the generosity of the British public, hope to raise at least £2 million as well as significant awareness of this important issue
Comic Relief, CEO Kevin Cahill
Comic Relief is UK-based charity that strives to create a just world free from poverty. Its mission is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment. Since being launched on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC television, Comic Relief has raised millions of pounds through two big fundraising campaigns: Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. That money is used to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice. The idea is simple: Comic Relief makes the public laugh as a way to raise money to help people in desperate need.
Comic Relief featured immunisation throughout its Sport Relief campaign in 2012. It also worked with its partner British Airways to make a seat-back film on immunisation now being shown on British Airways flights. Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day campaign this year will feature immunisation, among other issues. In all, Comic Relief has committed US$ 12 million to GAVI through the Matching Fund.
Dutch Postcode Lottery: For a fairer and greener world
The Postcode Lottery is proud to help GAVI with its ambition to provide vaccines against the five most deadly diseases for all children.
Judith Lingeman, Head of Charities, Dutch Postcode Lottery
Dutch Postcode Lottery is a national lottery in the Netherlands that gives half the price of every purchased ticket to charitable organisations. Since being founded in 1989, Dutch Postcode Lottery has donated nearly €4 billion to organisations working on behalf of humanity and the natural environment. It is the largest charity in the Netherlands and the third-largest private charity in the world.
In 2013, GAVI was among its latest recipients, receiving €2.5 million (about US$ 3.3 million) at the donor’s annual Goed Geld Gala in Amsterdam. The funds are being matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In all, Dutch Postcode Lottery donated a record €291 million in 2013 to more than 90 organisations thanks to lottery ticket purchases by 2.5 million players.
“For most children in Europe, vaccination against meningitis, measles or rubella is common practice,” said Dutch Postcode Head of Charities Judith Lingeman. “Unfortunately, for many children in the world vaccines are not accessible. The Postcode Lottery is proud to help GAVI with its ambition to provide vaccines against the five most deadly diseases for all children, specifically in fragile states.”
We are pleased to play our part in funding this global initiative, which is vital to the health of millions of children around the world
Daniel Pinto, CEO of J.P. Morgan-Europe, the Middle East and Africa
J.P. Morgan is a leading global investment bank, serving nearly 20,000 clients, including corporations, governments, states, municipalities, health care organizations, education institutions, banks and investors. J.P. Morgan’s clients operate in more than 100 countries.
J.P. Morgan remains committed to social entrepreneurs and underserved communities across the globe, even in the most challenging times. In the past year, it has pledges more than $150 million through grants and sponsorships to thousands of not-for-profit organisations in more than 25 countries.
As part of this effort, J.P. Morgan has contributed £1.5 million ($2 million) to purchase vaccines in GAVI-supported countries, which is being matched by DFID.
“la Caixa” Foundation: Visionary corporate partner
"la Caixa" is the leading savings bank in Spain and the third largest financial entity in the country. Its foundation is among the largest and most important in the world, contributing to the eradication of extreme poverty in the most disadvantaged countries, including a focus on child vaccination and global health.
When we learned about GAVI’s work and its extraordinary achievements, we had no doubt about becoming the first private European foundation to join the Matching Fund
Her Royal Highness The Infanta Cristina of Spain, Director of International Programmes for the “la Caixa” Foundation
To that end, the “la Caixa” Foundation has worked closely with GAVI since 2008, contributing more than US$ 22.5 million (equivalent) from all “la Caixa” sources. This total includes US$ 258,000 in employee donations, as well as US$ 1.5 million from its partners in the Business Alliance for Child Vaccination, a group of Spanish businesses that have raised funds for GAVI programmes. In 2008, “la Caixa” created the Business Alliance as a way to give Spanish companies the opportunity to collaborate with the GAVI Alliance in the fight against child mortality. To date, 224 companies have now done so.
Most recently, “la Caixa” pledged an additional €1 million in 2013 through the GAVI Matching Fund to purchase pneumococcal vaccine for GAVI-supported countries in Latin America. This has been matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing the amount raised by “la Caixa” under that initiative to more than € 11 million (US$ 15 million), including the match. The “la Caixa” Foundation will continue to perform its strong advocacy work for GAVI throughout Spain.
The funds come from our members and demonstrate the priority the Church places on this good work
Fred Riley, manager of Immunizations and Special Projects for LDS Charities
LDS Charities, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has provided relief and development projects in 179 countries, largely through volunteers. Last year, it contributed more than one million days of volunteer labor to support emergency response, clean water, wheelchair distribution, neonatal resuscitation training, vision care and food production.
Most recently, the LDS Church designated immunisation as a major humanitarian initiative. Toward this goal, LDS Charities has contributed US$ 4.5 million through the GAVI Matching Fund to purchase vaccines and support immunisation programmes in GAVI-supported countries. This commitment already has brought significant resources, visibility and tens of thousands of volunteers to support vaccine roll-outs. “The church is grateful to have the opportunity to contribute in such a meaningful, on-the-ground way in helping save children’s lives and protecting people’s health through GAVI immunisation programmes,” said Fred Riley, manager of Immunizations and Special Projects for the Humanitarian Services division of LDS Charities.
During GAVI’s historic immunisation drive in Ghana, for example, the church arranged for 1.5 million SMS messages to be sent notifying Ghanaians about the programme. Over the past decade the Church has mobilized 60,000 in-country volunteers in various locations who spent more than 782,000 hours encouraging parents to have their children immunised. As a GAVI partner, LDS Charities encourages private sector organisations to consider joining the GAVI Matching Fund.
Lions Clubs: We Serve
We will increase access to quality immunisation services at every level – globally, nationally and locally – to benefit children in developing countries
Wing-Kun Tam, Chair of Lions Clubs International Foundation
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organisation in the world. Its 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in 207 countries and geographical areas around the globe. In June 2013, Lions Clubs pledged US$ 30 million to GAVI to protect tens of millions of children in the world’s poorest countries against measles. Those funds are being matched by both the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing the total financial contribution to US$ 60 million.
Equally important, Lions will also play a key role with GAVI in social mobilisation efforts by working in developing countries with local leaders, coordinating community-level publicity and serving as volunteers at vaccination centres, in coordination with ministries of health.
“Lions Clubs International and its members are excited to continue our commitment to the fight against measles and rubella,” said Lions Clubs International Foundation Chair Wing-Kun Tam. “Through our joint efforts with GAVI and other partners, we will increase access to quality immunisation services at every level – globally, nationally and locally – to benefit children in developing countries.”
Vodafone: Mobilising social change
Vodafone is committed to investing in mobile technologies that can transform healthcare in both developed and emerging markets
Vittorio Colao, CEO of Vodafone
Vodafone is one of the world's largest mobile communications companies, operating in more than 30 countries across five continents and with more than 50 partner networks worldwide. As access to mobile technology continues to rise rapidly throughout Africa, Vodafone has launched a unique partnership with GAVI that is exploring how mobile technology can help African health ministries increase childhood vaccination levels.
The partnership represents the first in-kind contribution of technology and services through the GAVI Matching Fund and has been matched by a US$ 1.5 million donation from the United Kingdom. The 3-year partnership is drawing on Vodafone’s experience of developing commercial mobile health solutions and is focused on using the technology in remote locations to improve immunisation coverage and reduce drop out rates. The project will enable health workers to register and update vaccine records, send targeted alerts and reminders to care givers, and monitor vaccine stocks via mobile phones. Vodafone is first piloting this use of mobile technology for immunisation services in Mozambique, initially at around 100 health facilities in Nampula province. If successful, it could be rolled out nationally and in other African countries.
“Vodafone is committed to investing in mobile technologies that can transform healthcare in both developed and emerging markets,” said Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao. “This partnership has the potential to save millions of children’s lives in some of the world’s poorest countries, and we are delighted to support this critically important endeavour.”