Alliance to support countries to build sustainable immunisation programmes between 2016 and 2020 to help save five to six million lives
Geneva, 19 June 2014 – The GAVI Alliance Board today approved the strategic framework that would support a fully funded Alliance to enable developing countries to immunise an additional 300 million children between 2016 and 2020, helping to save an estimated five to six million lives.
The Alliance will consolidate the progress made over the past four years following the rapid acceleration of GAVI-supported vaccine introductions by the world's poorest countries. This has put countries on target to immunise almost a quarter of a billion children between 2011 and 2015, saving close to four million lives.
By continuing to support new vaccine introductions, increasing coverage of vaccines introduced with Alliance support and strengthening immunisation delivery, the GAVI Alliance projects that up to 50% of children in the 73 GAVI-supported countries will be receiving all 11 vaccines recommended by the World Health Organization for universal use by 2020. This compares to less than 5% today.
Our donors can be confident that we have a robust strategy that will ensure we can deliver on the ambitious targets we set when requesting funding for the 2016-2020 period
Dagfinn Høybråten, Chair of the GAVI Alliance
With more than 20 countries expected to graduate from GAVI Alliance support by the end of 2020, the strategy has a clear focus on assisting countries to develop sustainable, self-sufficient immunisation programmes.
Donors have been asked to contribute a total of US$ 7.5 billion to ensure Alliance-supported immunisation programmes are fully funded for the 2016 to 2020 period, enabling developing countries to protect their children against life-threatening diseases.
"Our donors can be confident that we have a robust strategy that will ensure we can deliver on the ambitious targets we set when requesting funding for the 2016-2020 period," said Dagfinn Høybråten, Chair of the GAVI Alliance. "We have a unique opportunity to use innovative approaches to support developing countries to continue to build and strengthen immunisation programmes that will benefit the children of today as well as generations to come."
The new strategic framework will bring Alliance partners together to work towards four key goals that will ensure programmes are both effective and sustainable:
Accelerate equitable uptake and coverage of vaccines
Increase effectiveness and efficiency of immunisation delivery as an integrated part of strengthened health systems
Improve sustainability of national immunisation programmes
Shape markets for vaccines and other immunisation products.
In addition, the framework recognises the importance of addressing key strategic enablers for a successful 2016-2020 strategy: country leadership, management and coordination; resource mobilisation; advocacy; and monitoring and evaluation.
The GAVI Alliance will develop the necessary policies, strategies and plans to implement the strategic framework over the next 18 months along with goal-level indicators which will enable Alliance partners to track progress against each goal.
Board members also approved the Alliance's Immunisation Supply Chain strategy, which was developed by a group of partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF and WHO, to improve systems for getting vaccines from manufacturers to children. This is a key component for achieving the goals set for the 2016 to 2020 period.
Strengthened supply chains are crucial to ensuring countries continue to successfully introduce new vaccines while also increasing immunisation coverage. The strategy will support countries to improve data management, cold chain equipment and distribution and transport, as well as strengthening the skills of the people who run their immunisation supply chains.
"The GAVI Alliance is focused on delivery," added Dagfinn Høybråten. "The Immunisation Supply Chain strategy will draw on the skills of Alliance partners, including countries, to strengthen our work to reach more children with lifesaving vaccines."
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