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09 December 2005

Dramatic progress in GAVI's first five years shapes next steps in plan to boost vaccinations

Rapid progress in vaccine development, funding, and purchasing power suggests that immunization will play an unprecedented role in global poverty reduction over the next ten years.

09 December 2005

With an additional US $1 billion per year immunization could save ten million more lives in a decade

According to global immunization experts, ten million additional lives could be saved through child and maternal immunization between 2006-2015 at an average annual cost of US $1 billion, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.

08 December 2005

Hib Initiative - a new force in the fight against Hib meningitis and pneumonia

The first global initiative to reduce death and disability from Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease, a major threat to child health worldwide, was launched today at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Partners’ Meeting in India.

08 December 2005

New weapons against ancient foes - new generation vaccines will battle diseases that kill Millions

Disease experts from around the world are gathering this week in New Delhi to consider the projected impact of innovations in vaccine science that are expected to fuel aggressive efforts aimed at preventing millions of needless deaths among children in the world’s poorest nations.

07 December 2005

Norway increases and prolongs support for global immunization until 2015

The Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, announced today that starting in 2006 the Government of Norway will boost its annual support to the GAVI Alliance (formerly known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization).

07 December 2005

Prime Minister of India calls on world leaders to embrace vaccines as key to saving children's lives

Speaking with passion about the dramatic potential of vaccines to prevent the deaths of millions of the world's poorest children, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh opened the 3rd Partners' Meeting of the GAVI Alliance (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) in New Delhi.

07 December 2005

Vaccine experts at GAVI meeting in India announce progress in injection safety

At an international vaccine meeting in New Delhi today, the GAVI Alliance (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization), announced that the Alliance and its partners have distributed 1.214 billion single-use, auto-disable (AD) syringes, protecting millions of children in developing countries from blood-borne pathogens that might otherwise be transmitted through sloppy injection practices.

14 October 2005

Harvard School of Public Health study finds vaccines boost economies of poor countries

Immunization programs in impoverished countries not only save lives, they boost economies, finds a study by researchers with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) published in the current edition of World Economics.

04 October 2005

Immunization maintains strong performance made in last quarter century

Immunization at the global level has progressed very well during the past 25 years, but further increases in coverage would save the lives of millions more who do not yet benefit from this protection, said a group of immunization partners at the World Vaccine Congress in Lyon, France.

09 September 2005

Key European nations join UK and France to commit nearly US$4 billion to expand child immunisation in developing countries

The United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden today committed nearly US$4 billion to support and scale up the work of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) over the next decade.

19 August 2005

G8 must invest in proven tools to fight diseases

Op-Ed Michel Camdessus and Gro Harlem Brundtland As the leaders of the world's eight richest countries prepare for a meeting this July in Scotland, they will find the pieces are finally in place to do something that just a decade ago might have been dis

02 August 2005

Statement regarding International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm) and Eurostat ruling

The Eurostat decision paves the way for the full-funding and eventual implementation of IFFIm. We are delighted by this decision and are grateful to all those who worked so hard to create this innovative financing vehicle.

29 June 2005

Routine immunisation virtually eliminates major killer of young children in The Gambia

The Lancet has today published online new research from a team led by the UK Medical Research Council's Richard Adegbola showing that routinely vaccinating infants against H. influenzae type b (Hib) – a bacterium that causes deadly diseases including pneumonia and meningitis – has virtually eliminated Hib meningitis in The Gambia.

09 June 2005

Oslo press event launches a spotlight on Africa

"AIDS is a Human Rights Issue," Says Nelson Mandela, calling on the world to provide global health leaders the means to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and to fight HIV/AIDS and other deadly preventable diseases. Nelson Mandela's 46664 arctic beg

16 May 2005

Bill Gates urges world leaders to improve health

In a major address today to international health officials, Bill Gates said the world now has a “historic chance” to achieve dramatic improvements in health, and called on governments, the scientific community, and the private sector to more aggressively fight the diseases that affect hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people each year.

30 March 2005

Barcelona Declaration

2005 is a crucial year in our global struggle against poverty, hunger and fatal childhood disease in the developing world. Only 10 years remain before 2015, when the world will assess and take stock of its progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) established by the UN in 2000.

25 March 2005

Vaccine prevents deadly pneumonia in African children

Global health leaders today presented new research showing that vaccinating infants against Streptococcus pneumoniae – a bacterium that causes deadly pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis – could substantially reduce death and serious illness among children in the developing world.

23 February 2005

Canada provides record support for global immunization

The Canadian government today announced a donation of CAD $160 million (US $130 million) to scale up the work of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). The donation represents the largest one-year commitment ever made by a government to the Alliance.

28 January 2005

German Chancellor Schröder urges more help for developing nations

Schröder urged rich nations to grant developing countries better market access and to eliminate agricultural subsidies, punitive excise duties and protective clauses. He supported taxation on cross-border speculative financial transactions, as proposed by French President Jacques Chirac at the Annual Meeting two days ago.

26 January 2005

Hilary Benn pledges £1 billion to boost health care in developing countries

Hilary Benn the Secretary of State for International Development (DFID) today announced that the UK will pledge almost £1 billion (US$1.8 billion) over 15 years to help immunise children and adults in the world’s poorest countries.

24 January 2005

Gates Foundation and Norway contribute $1 billion

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a grant of $750 million, and Norway committed $290 million, to support the work of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). In making the announcement today, Bill Gates called on other donors to address the major funding gap for children's immunization programs in developing countries.

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