2009

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20 November 2009

Child deaths in Vietnam fall dramatically

Through its commitment to immunisation and other child health interventions, Vietnam has drastically reduced its child deaths, putting the country well on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG) before the 2015 deadline.

19 November 2009

GAVI honours 15 countries for excelling in immunisation and child survival

Fifteen health ministers from low-income countries today received awards from the GAVI Alliance for their outstanding performance in improving child health and immunisation.

18 November 2009

GAVI's impact on vaccine market is bringing down prices

GAVI Alliance's increasing support on the vaccine market has impacted the price of one of the major combination vaccines, the pentavalent, enabling GAVI partners to vaccinate millions of more children in the developing world.

13 November 2009

Health ministers urge donors to maintain focus on new life-saving vaccines

Over 20 health ministers from developing countries have appealed to donors to maintain their commitment to immunisation programmes ahead of a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, next week.

30 October 2009

Vaccination is essential to prevent world's leading child killer - pneumonia

Marking the first international World Pneumonia Day on 2 November, the GAVI Alliance plans to immunise 130 million children in poor countries against pneumonia, the world’s leading child killer.

17 September 2009

More than two million children continue to die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases

Nearly 2.3 million children continue to die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, even while the overall mortality rate of children continues to drop.

19 August 2009

The Gambia introduces vaccine against pneumococcal disease

Minister of Health Dr. Mariatou Jallow administers the first dose of the pneumococcal vaccine to Gambian children at a rural clinic outside Banjul.

11 August 2009

18 million Indian children to receive life-saving five-in-one vaccine

More than 18 million children in India will be immunised with a pentavalent five-in-one vaccine thanks to funding worth US$ 165 million from GAVI.

16 July 2009

Momentum builds in effort to save millions of children pneumonia

Representatives from major health and humanitarian relief organizations are coming together to coordinate outreach efforts for the first-ever World Pneumonia Day on November 2, 2009.

24 June 2009

Japanese retail investors continue to show strong support for vaccine bonds

Vaccine bonds offered to Japanese retail investors raise USD 130 million equivalent to help pay for health and immunisation programmes in some of the world’s poorest countries.

23 June 2009

GAVI becomes international org handshake

GAVI recognised as international institution

The GAVI Alliance, which has been hosted by UNICEF since it was launched in 2000, has become an independent international institution - the first organisation to receive such recognition under the new Swiss Host State Act.

12 June 2009

GAVI partners fulfill promise to fight pneumococcal disease

The GAVI Alliance partners, the World Bank, WHO and UNICEF, and five national governments and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation formally kick-off the first-ever Advance Market Commitment (AMC) designed to accelerate access to vaccines against pneumococcal disease.

05 June 2009

WHO recommends global use of Rotavirus vaccines

The World Health Organization has recommended that rotavirus vaccination be included in all national immunization programmes in order to provide protection against a virus that is responsible for more than 500,000 diarrhoeal deaths and two million hospitalisations annually among children.

03 June 2009

GAVI recognises United States' contribution to global immunisation initiative

The United States will donate $75 million to the GAVI Alliance’s immunisation initiative to protect children in the world’s poorest countries with new and under-used vaccines – its largest annual contribution to date.

03 June 2009

Netherlands to join innovative funding programme for immunisation

The Netherlands pledges Euros 80 million over eight years to an innovative financing initiative that converts long-term government pledges into immediate funds for children’s vaccination programmes.

26 May 2009

GAVI appoints Helen Evans as new Deputy CEO

GAVI has appointed Australian development expert Helen Evans as its first Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Evans will join GAVI in June after serving for the past four years as Deputy Executive Director at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

19 May 2009

Developing countries increasingly help finance purchase of life-saving vaccines

Twenty seven countries contribute to vaccine costs through the GAVI Alliance; up from just six in 2007.

19 May 2009

IFFIm raises more than US$ 2 billion to support life-saving immunisation programmes

The International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) board chairman Alan Gillespie tells participants at a meeting on innovative financing in Geneva that there is a strong demand among individual and institutional investors for ethical investments.

13 May 2009

Spain first to back new immunisation push

29 million Euro donation will help accelerate vaccination efforts in 72 of the world’s poorest countries.

29 April 2009

Children must not pay the price of global financial crisis

Scientists, economists, health experts and NGOs mark the European Day of Immunology with urgent appeal to the G8.

24 April 2009

Rwanda becomes first developing nation to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine

International leaders in global health set to join Rwandan government officials at a press conference in Kigali to announce the first national immunisation programme against pneumococcal disease in a developing country.

09 April 2009

GAVI partners mobilise to counter meningitis outbreaks

In an effort to save lives and contain the spread of meningitis, the GAVI Alliance has fast tracked a US$ 55 million contribution to establish a stockpile of meningococcal vaccines and pay for reactive campaigns in the highly endemic African “meningitis belt” countries.

07 April 2009

Child health leaders call for day to unite against pneumonia

Child health groups unite with Save the Children Artist Ambassadors Gwyneth Paltrow and Hugh Laurie to establish an annual World Pneumonia Day on November 2, 2009. The day will mobilise efforts to fight a neglected disease that kills more than two million children under the age of five each year worldwide.

30 March 2009

Investing in health yields financial returns and benefits developing countries

The GAVI Alliance and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) unite more than 80 leading experts in healthcare from governments, business, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for a high-level conference in London.

09 March 2009

Gender policy to support equal access to vaccination for girls and boys

The GAVI Alliance has started implementing a proactive gender policy into its work to ensure equal access to immunisation for boys and girls. GAVI’s Gender Policy commits the Alliance to use a gender perspective in the design, planning, and delivery of vaccinations and other health services.

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