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29 November 2007

GAVI Alliance announces dramatic funding boost for Hib vaccine

Immunisation efforts in 29 of the world’s poorest countries received a substantial boost today when the GAVI Alliance approved programmes in the amount of US$ 537.52 million for critically needed vaccines and health system support.

28 November 2007

First year results - IFFIm provides US$ 1 billion to prevent disease

Nearly US$ 1 billion is being injected into life-saving vaccines and health services in developing countries as a result of the bond issuance by the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) one year ago this month – the first such bond issuance with its proceeds provided to countries as grants for a specific development purpose.

24 September 2007

Mary Robinson and Madeleine Albright host fellow world leaders and financial luminaries at event to support the GAVI Alliance

At an event in NYC on Monday night, child advocates drawn from an unusual pool — the financial services industry — are celebrating, with a member of Spain’s royal house, a former president of Ireland, and a renowned former US Secretary of State, the happy outcome of applying the lessons of business to the business of saving children’s lives.

05 September 2007

Statement of support for International Health Partnership

We, as international health partners committed to improving health and development outcomes in the world, welcome and fully support the International Health Partnership's mission to strengthen health systems, and we congratulate those involved for setting it in motion.

28 June 2007

Hib vaccine - critical in Asia's effort to reduce child deaths

A new study from Bangladesh published online today in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal shows that routinely vaccinating infants against H. influenzae type b (Hib), a bacterium that causes deadly Hib pneumonia and meningitis, could save hundreds of thousands of children in Asia. Results showed that routine immunization of infants with a Hib conjugate vaccine prevented over one-third of life-threatening pneumonia cases and approximately 90% of Hib meningitis cases. A similar impact would be expected in other parts of the region.

31 May 2007

Bond investors speed up access to life saving vaccines

The GAVI Alliance announced today it will distribute almost US$1 billion in funds in 2007, raised by the International Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) on capital markets to help poor nations prevent life-threatening diseases and strengthen their health systems.

21 May 2007

Cutting-edge science at Amsterdam meeting on infectious diseases

What is being done to address the crisis in human resources for health and the devastation of poverty-related diseases in developing countries, and how can the world’s poorest people obtain better access to healthcare? These questions, amongst many others, will be addressed during the Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health held in Amsterdam this week, from 24 – 28 May 2007.

16 May 2007

Global health partners mobilize to counter yellow fever

The effort to contain deadly yellow fever disease received a boost today with the launch of a “Yellow Fever Initiative” backed by a $58 million contribution from the GAVI Alliance. Launched during the World Health Assembly currently meeting in Geneva, the new initiative will support special immunization campaigns in a dozen West African countries at high risk of yellow fever epidemics.

15 May 2007

Poorest nations commit funds for life-saving vaccines

The GAVI Alliance and the World Health Organization announced today that the governments of Guyana, Ghana, and four of Africa’s poorest nations, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, have begun to help pay the cost of providing new vaccines to their children.

03 May 2007

WHO and UNICEF urge donors and member states to fund and expand use of vaccine vial monitors to ensure effective immunization

The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF announce today a new joint policy statement on the role of vaccine vial monitors (VVMs) in improving access to immunization, on the 10-year anniversary of introduction of VVMs in immunization programmes.

03 April 2007

Increasing immunization rates and new vaccine offer hope for Ethiopian children

Spring marks the beginning of a series of activities launching a new childhood vaccine in Ethiopia, which combines the benefits of the previous diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP) vaccine and adds protection against two additional deadly killers: Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib) and Hepatitis B.

26 February 2007

Worldwide drive against Measles receives financial “Shot in the Arm”

The United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) announced today that it has received a US$139 million contribution from the GAVI Alliance to support the worldwide effort by the Measles Initiative to reduce measles deaths by 90 percent by 2010. This is GAVI’s second contribution to the Measles Initiative.

09 February 2007

Five nations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launch Advance Market Commitment for vaccines

Canada, Italy, Norway, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today committed US$1.5 billion to launch the first Advance Market Commitment (AMC) to help speed the development and availability of a new vaccine which is expected to save the lives of 5.4 million children by 2030.

03 February 2007

Sweden makes long-term commitment to save lives of the world’s poorest children

The GAVI Alliance announced today that Sweden is making a multi-year contribution to support immunisation and health systems in the world’s poorest countries. The SEK 300 million (US $42 million) donation from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) reflects the country’s long-term commitment to global health and poverty eradication goals.

26 January 2007

Immunisation rates hit record high in poor countries

New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that the GAVI Alliance, a groundbreaking global initiative to increase access to children’s vaccines, has brought immunisation rates to record highs in poor countries.

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