Public Health

GAVI Alliance announces goal to vaccinate 250 million children by 2015

Goal is that children have access to better protection against preventable diseases, which means access to vaccines 11

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Goal is to prevent the deaths of nearly 4 million children during the vaccination process
Goal is to prevent the deaths of nearly 4 million children during the vaccination process

Review report of the GAVI Alliance (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) indicated the need to vaccinate 250 million children by 2015.

The goal is to prevent the deaths of nearly 4 million children in the process of vaccination in developing countries.

According to members of the Alliance, and required that all children have access to the best possible protection against diseases that can be prevented with immunizations. That means access to 11 vaccines that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends.

The document assesses the targets set for the period 2011 to 2015 and the challenges facing the institution to fulfill its promises to the poorest countries and also to donors.

According to the chairman of the executive board of the organization, Dagfinn Høybråten, GAVI Alliance could immunize a record number of children from a conference held two years ago.

Regarding funding, the organization is managing to raise funds to cover the $ 7.4 billion ($ 15 billion) needed to carry out the immunization process.

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Since 2011, GAVI has financed 67 vaccination campaigns. The forecast is that by 2014, all 73 countries that receive support from the organization will have implemented the pentavalent vaccine, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, meningitis and hepatitis B.

Despite advances, the head of the GAVI Alliance, the doctor Seth Berkley, warns that nearly 22 million children in Ethiopia, India and Nigeria have not received basic vaccinations.

The report was published on Monday, two weeks before the scheduled meeting with the partners of the GAVI Alliance in Stockholm. Among these partners are WHO, the United Nations Fund for Children and the World Bank.

The GAVI Alliance is funded by nations Australia, Canada, France and Great Britain, United States, Spain, Netherlands, Italy and Japan, among others.

The organization receives also donations from the European Commission, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and several other corporations throughout the world.