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13 December 2006

Ireland boosts health contribution to save world’s poorest children

The GAVI Alliance announced today that the Government of Ireland is to make its largest ever financial contribution to support child immunisation and health systems strengthening in the world’s poorest nations.

13 December 2006

The fight against yellow fever - a global mobilisation for Sub-Saharan Africa

AMP release faced with very high risks of yellow fever epidemics in eight Central and Western African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Togo), the GAVI Alliance partners are launching a strategy and plan to fight the disease.

29 November 2006

GAVI Alliance announces funding for new vaccines against two major killers of children in poorest nations

The GAVI Alliance announced today it will support the introduction of vaccines against two diseases that kill an estimated 1.5 million children every year in the world’s poorest regions, opening a new era in efforts to cut the time it takes to deliver safe and effective new vaccines to poor nations.

29 November 2006

GAVI Alliance will finance rotavirus vaccines in world’s poorest countries

PATH RVP A historic decision announced today will bring new vaccines to the developing world with unprecedented speed. The GAVI Alliance Board of Directors approved plans to finance the purchase of rotavirus vaccines to curb childhood deaths from severe diarrheal disease in the world’s poorest countries. The case for this investment was made by the PATH Rotavirus Vaccine Program (RVP), jointly with its partners, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

28 November 2006

Germany joins GAVI Alliance as 17th donor government

The GAVI Alliance and GAVI Fund Boards are meeting in Berlin to announce far-reaching strategies geared toward the strengthening of health systems in developing countries and the introduction of new vaccines against major killer diseases responsible for the deaths of more than 1.5 million children each year, most of them in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

15 November 2006

EU Commission scales up fight against childhood disease

The GAVI Alliance is announcing today that the European Commission is committing €10 million in new financing to accelerate access to new and underused vaccines in three low-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.

07 November 2006

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International Finance Facility for Immunisation issues inaugural bonds

Efforts to immunise children received a large boost as the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) issued its inaugural bonds today. Proceeds from the bonds will fund health and immunisation programmes through the GAVI Alliance (GAVI) in 70 of the world's poorest countries.

31 October 2006

The Netherlands renews and increases its commitment to the GAVI Alliance

The Minister for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Ms. Agnes van Ardenne, announced today that the Government of the Netherlands is significantly increasing its contribution to the GAVI Alliance. The GAVI Alliance was launched in 2000 to address inequities in access to immunisation and health in the world’s poorest countries. One of the first donor nations to join the Alliance, the Netherlands committed € 70 million to GAVI in its first 5 years. The Dutch government is now pledging nearly € 100 million over the next 4 years for global vaccination and programmes to strengthen health systems through GAVI.

12 October 2006

Cambodia achieves significant boost in immunisation

A new health survey from Cambodia reveals a dramatic increase in the number of children fully vaccinated each year. Today, 67% of all children are fully immunised, up from 39% just five years ago. Reforms in the national immunisation program and the broader health sector enabled Cambodia to cut its infant mortality rate by nearly half.

27 September 2006

Health ministers briefed on best health buys in disease control

WHO/PAHO release - Health ministers from the Americas at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Directing Council were briefed today on the Disease Control Priorities project, which outlines the best health investments to reduce the burden of disease in developing countries.

22 September 2006

Rotavirus vaccine demonstration to help accelerate progress against a leading killer of children

The Government of Nicaragua and Merck & Co., Inc. today announced their plans to conduct a demonstration rotavirus vaccine program in Nicaragua. This vaccine’s introduction in a developing country right on the heels of its approval in the developed world is a major milestone for children’s health.

11 August 2006

Australia joins 15 nations in combating vaccine preventable childhood disease

This week, Australia becomes the 16th public donor (including the European Commission) contributing to GAVI’s life saving mission of preventing the spread of deadly diseases in the world’s poorest countries. As it launches a new overseas aid health policy, the Australian Government is committing to a US$ 20 million contribution to the GAVI Alliance over the next 4 years.

09 August 2006

Routine use of Hib vaccine could lead to virtual elimination of killer disease in Africa

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) today published research showing that, three years after introduction, routine vaccination of infants in Kenya against H. influenzae Type b (Hib) significantly reduced invasive Hib disease rates by 88%.

25 July 2006

China immunises millions of children in historic collaboration between government and GAVI Alliance

Since 2002, China has immunised 11.1 million children in the country’s poorest and most remote western and central provinces against hepatitis B, reducing their risk of developing a deadly and common liver cancer, according to an announcement made today by the Chinese government and the GAVI Alliance.

10 July 2006

GAVI Fund lauds Spain for its contribution to child health

Her Royal Highness the Infanta Doña Cristina and Health Minister Elena Salgado applaud achievements of global immunisation programs and Spain’s continued commitment to these efforts.

07 July 2006

Spanish Council of Ministers approve IFFIm contribution

This morning Friday 7 July Spain’s Council of Ministers approved 190 million € contribution to IFFIm (International Finance Facility for Immunisation) over 20 years.

07 July 2006

Her Royal Highness the Infanta Doña Cristina to open the GAVI Fund Board welcoming ceremony

Her Royal Highness the Infanta Doña Cristina will preside the opening ceremony of the GAVI Fund Board Meeting, taking place in the Palacio Santa Cruz. The opening ceremony on Monday 10 July, followed by a reception, will highlight the new collaboration between the government of Spain and GAVI, in line with its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, and especially the reduction of child mortality in the poorest countries in the world.

04 July 2006

WHO, UNAIDS, GAVI, Global Fund - Health leaders welcome infectious disease focus at G8

In advance of the G8 summit, the leaders of four major organizations - the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the GAVI Alliance - welcome the G8's focus on infectious diseases and urge the G8 leaders to continue their commitments to improving the health and lives of people in the world's poorest countries.

25 April 2006

South Africa Joins Seven Nations in Backing the IFFIm

The Government of South Africa announced today that it will contribute US$20 million over 20 years to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm).

14 March 2006

Denmark commits DKK 25 million (US$4 million) to the GAVI Alliance global immunisation programs

Today Denmark, through its Minister for Development Cooperation, Ms. Ulla Tørnæs, announced it will commit DKK 25 million (US$4million) for 2006 to global immunisation programs through the GAVI Alliance and its partners.

09 March 2006

Brazil announces support for global immunisation and IFFIm

The President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, announced today that Brazil will contribute US$20 million over 20 years to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm).

09 March 2006

Queen Rania visits Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital in Delhi to encourage increased child immunization efforts

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan visited the Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital today to meet with patients and hospital workers to celebrate the health system advances in India in recent years and draw attention to the country’s increased efforts to bolster nationwide immunization coverage.

02 March 2006

Statement by Julian Lob-Levyt, GAVI Alliance Executive Secretary at the conference on Innovative Financing for Development

GAVI congratulates France and the UK for their years of work invested in the search for creative new ways to pay for the measures that will be needed to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

21 February 2006

International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm) takes next steps toward saving millions of lives

The International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm), the new multinational fund that will leverage long-term commitments from rich governments to raise urgently needed financing for health programmes in poor countries, is close to implementation, the GAVI Alliance announced today.

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