Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

First Countries to Be Recipients of GAVI Funds

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

First Countries to Be Recipients of GAVI Funds

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The Global Fund for Children's Vaccines has named the first 21 countries to receive funding for vaccines and vaccination infrastructure. They are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Uganda, and the United Republic of Tanzania. These countries will get US$ 250 million over the next five years.

The fund, which was established through an initial gift of US$ 250 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is administered by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). It aims to bring its total resources to US$ 1.8 billion over the next five years. So far it has raised closed to US$ 1 billion.

About 98% of the fund's resources go directly to countries' immunization programmes. The first awards, a GAVI statement says, should enable the 21 recipient countries to immunize four million children against hepatitis B. A further 600 000 children, who would otherwise not have received any vaccines, will be immunized against childhood diseases common in these countries. Altogether about 100 000 lives will be saved every year, GAVI estimates, thanks to these first grants.

GAVI, which is an alliance of multilateral and bilateral agencies, foundations, the vaccine industry, technical organizations and international organizations -- among them UNICEF, the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation and WHO -- was launched in January this year to speed up the development and use of vaccines in poor countries. …

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