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27 November 2013

GAVI supported rotavirus vaccines introduced in Zambia

Following a successful pilot program delivering rotavirus vaccines as part of an integrated approach to diarrhoea prevention and control, in November 2013, Zambia rolled out GAVI-supported rotavirus vaccines nationwide. Rotavirus, the most common cause of severe and fatal diarrhoea in young children worldwide, takes the lives of over 3,600 Zambian children under five each year and accounts for approximately 40 percent of all under-five diarrhoeal deaths and hospitalisations. Zambia is the 18th GAVI-eligible country to introduce rotavirus vaccines in its national immunisation program. (credit VITAC-PATH)

20 August 2013

The Gambia adds rotavirus to children's immunisation cards

The Gambia has become the 15th country to introduce rotavirus vaccine into its routine immunisation schedule with GAVI funding support, part of a global acceleration in the introduction of life-saving vaccines. These images show the first children to be immunised against the most common cause of severe diarrhoea at a special launch ceremony at Kanifing municipal council in western Gambia.

29 May 2013

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Women Deliver 2013 - Investing in vaccines for girls

Two of Africa’s strongest advocates for women’s health join forces at the Women Deliver conference to highlight investments being made in two life-saving vaccines that will protect young girls in developing countries from cervical cancer and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS)

29 April 2013

Launch ceremony for introduction of pentavalent vaccine - Mogadishu, Somalia

On 24 April 2013, Somalia’s Ministry of Health hosted a special ceremony in Mogadishu to mark the introduction of the five-in-one pentavalent vaccine into the national routine immunisation programme.

23 April 2013

Immunisation in Islamic countries

Marking World Immunisation Week, pictures from GAVI's exhibition at the UK Houses of Parliament show the value of immunisation, the need for life-saving vaccines, ways in which the medicines are delivered and the challenges of delivery in Yemen, Zanzibar-Tanzania, Pakistan and Sudan.

28 November 2012

Madagascar celebrates the introduction of pneumococcal vaccines

Madagascar marked the introduction of pneumococcal vaccines into its national immunisation programme with a high level ceremony in the coastal town of Vatomandry attended by the Prime Minister, donors, health workers and local communities.

12 October 2012

Brazzaville marks Congo's first pneumococcal vaccinations

Brazzaville, 11 October 2012 - The Republic of Congo has taken a big step today in improving child health by introducing the pneumococcal vaccine, which protects children against one of the leading causes of pneumonia.

20 August 2012

Rotavirus vaccines introduced in health centres in Yemen

During the month of Ramadan, health centres in Yemen are packed with families who have come to get their children vaccinated against rotavirus, the leading cause of death due to diarrhoea. On 1 August 2012, the government of Yemen introduced the rotavirus vaccines in its routine immunisation programme to prevent thousands of children’s deaths from severe diarrhoea.

26 April 2012

The human tragedy and the hope behind Ghana’s historic decision

A visit to the wards of Princess Marie Louise Children’s hospital in Accra quickly answers the question why Ghana’s health ministry took the extraordinary decision to introduce pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines simultaneously.

14 March 2012

Model immunisation system sets standard for Mozambique

As Mozambique makes preparations to introduce pneumococcal vaccine with GAVI support, the Manhica district’s immunisation system is setting an example that the Ministry of Health wants the nation’s other 127 districts to follow.

12 March 2012

Seth Berkley in Mozambique March 2012

Follow daily updates on GAVI CEO’s official visit to Africa, 12-14 March 2012

26 January 2012

GAVI’s Matching Fund announcement at WEF

Supporters of GAVI’s Matching Fund met at the 2012 World Economic Forum to announce gifts of US$ 4.5m from  two new partners: Comic Relief and The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).

26 January 2012

Chad’s campaign against meningitis A

One of the first countries to introduce the new meningitis A vaccine (MenAfriVac), Chad ran an immunisation campaign with GAVI support in December 2011 to help eliminate the region’s devastating epidemics.

16 November 2011

The toll of cervical cancer

Approximately 275,000 women die every year from cervical cancer with 88% occurring in developing countries, but HPV vaccines offer protection against 70% of all cervical cancer cases.

16 November 2011

Laos' efforts to stop rubella and measles for good

In November 2011, Laos is introducing rubella vaccine for the first time. During a two-phase campaign, Laos plans to immunise more than three million young people with the combined vaccine for measles and rubella ("MR" vaccine), offering protection against two preventable diseases.

15 November 2011

Immunisation in Bangladesh

Developing countries around the world have much to learn from Bangladesh’s successful immunisation programme. Click through these images of “Vaccination Day” in a village near Dhaka to see why.

15 November 2011

Civil society in Bangladesh

When GAVI’s Civil Society Steering Committee gathered in Bangladesh (11-13 November), they were eager to learn more about the country’s immunisation success story. Local CSO BRAC obliged with a field visit to Torgaom village near Dhaka.

12 November 2011

Pneumococcal vaccines introduced in Malawi

On 12 November 2011, World Pnuemonia Day, Malawi became the 16th GAVI-eligible country to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine, protecting children in the country against the leading cause of pneumonia.

03 November 2011

Bill Gates' G20 Report: why GAVI is ahead of the game

Bill Gates' report to the G20 summit calls on global leaders to support exactly the kind of innovative approaches to financing development that have become the hallmark of the GAVI business model. Learn more.

27 September 2011

Accelerating Africa's access to rotavirus vaccine

Sudan's introduction of rotavirus vaccine earlier this year signalled the start of a wave of African countries ready to counter the world's leading cause of diarrhoeal deaths with GAVI support. In September, the Alliance approved funding for 12 more African countries to introduce the rotavirus vaccine.

21 September 2011

MDG Countdown: celebrating success and innovation

At a high-level event held today during the UN General Assembly, the US and UK governments recognised the GAVI Alliance as “an effective model” to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

13 June 2011

GAVI pledging conference for immunisation

See the latest images from the London pledging conference for immunisation where GAVI Alliance donors are meeting to make firm commitments to funding life-saving vaccines for developing countries.

16 May 2011

Pentavalent vaccine saves lives in Madagascar

Linked to increasing immunisation coverage with vaccines such as the pentavalent, Madagascar is one of just six countries in the world to reduce its child mortality rates by more than 60% between 1990 and 2009.

15 April 2011

Investing in the lives of world's poorest children

IFFIm’s initial offering in November 2006 raised US$1 billion among institutional investors around the world. A second offering in March 2008 raised US$223 million from private individuals in Japan.

07 April 2011

Yemeni parents welcome pneumococcal vaccine

Coverage of the pneumococcal vaccine introduction into Yemen's national immunisation programme, targeting pneumonia, the biggest killer of children in the country, accounting for approximately 20% of child deaths.

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