GAVI Alliance welcomes Tony Lake, UNICEF’s new Executive Director

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A key GAVI Alliance partner appoints its sixth Executive Director, who comes with a strong background in foreign policy, national security and humanitarian issues.

http://www.gavialliance.org/resources/tony_lake_unicefedc.jpgThe GAVI Alliance welcomes the appointment of Mr Anthony Lake as Executive Director UNICEF, the world's advocate for child survival and development.

"We look forward to working closely with Mr Lake on our shared vision of saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing access to immunisation," said Julian Lob-Levyt, Chief Executive Officer of the GAVI Alliance. "By working together with UNICEF and our other partners we have averted more than five million deaths and immunised an additional 256 million children since 2000."

We look forward to working closely with Mr Lake on our shared vision of saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing access to immunisation.

Julian Lob-Levyt, CEO, GAVI

UNICEF's role in global immunisation efforts

UNICEF is a founder and key partner of the GAVI Alliance which was set up in 2000 to accelerate immunisation of children in developing countries.

UNICEF is the world's largest purchaser of vaccines for developing countries and a key partner in global immunisation efforts. Its Supply Division, based in Copenhagen, is responsible for global purchasing, including some $100 million per year spent on vaccines and safe injection equipment.

"UNICEF's procurement expertise and on-the-ground presence in all GAVI-eligible countries have been crucial factors in reducing child deaths through immunisation over the years," Dr Lob-Levyt added.

As part of its mandate to promote child survival, UNICEF has advocated, mobilised resources and built capacity in government systems and communities to ensure that children receive basic immunisation services.

A distinguished career

Mr. Lake has a long and distinguished career with the United States government, including serving as the national security advisor to former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and as foreign policy advisor to President Obama's campaign. He is presently the chair of Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Moreover, he has served on the board of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and will start his new position on 1 May, 2010.

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