27 January 2015 – The ACTION global health advocacy partnership thanks world leaders for significant new commitments that will accelerate efforts to ensure the world’s poorest children can access vaccines.
At a global funding summit in Berlin, Germany, world leaders committed a total of $US 7.539 billion over the next five years to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, an international organization working to expand access to childhood vaccines in the world’s poorest countries. Gavi has estimated the contribution will support countries to vaccinate 300 million additional children from 2016-2020, preventing up to 6 million deaths.
“Today’s announcement is an act of true global solidarity with the world’s poorest children, paving the way for the end of preventable child deaths,” said Hannah Bowen, ACTION Director. “The recent Ebola outbreak has demonstrated we must address health challenges proactively, and childhood vaccines are one of the best investments we can make to prevent disease. By meeting the ambitious call for renewed investment in global vaccines, leaders have shown they are committed to building a healthy future for all.”
The historic outcome answered the calls of advocates, media, experts, decision makers, and communities around the globe.
Pledging highlights among ACTION partner countries:
- The US will commit $US 1 billion over 4 years, its largest pledge to Gavi to date
- The UK maintained its status as Gavi’s largest donor, pledging an additional £1 billion until 2020
- Canada affirmed its leadership in the fight against child death with a $CAD 500 million pledge, and an additional $CAD 20 million targeting Francophone Africa specifically
- France committed €150 million to IFFIm and €100 million in concessional loans with support from the Gates Foundation
- The European Union committed a €200 million pledge over five years, adding €25 million to its 2014 pledge
- Australia pledged $AU 250 million, in addition to its previous commitments through IFFIm
On Friday, ACTION will release a pledge tracker to analyze donor commitments and payments to Gavi.
“Now that life-saving resources for Gavi have been pledged, funds must be delivered on time, and must reach those most in need,” said Jack Ndegwa, member of the Gavi Civil Society Steering Committee and Vaccines Advocacy Manager for KANCO, ACTION’s Kenya partner. “By working with communities and involving civil society, Gavi can ensure equity and sustainability are firmly cemented as the cornerstone of its efforts to reach every child with vaccines.”
ACTION partners are also hopeful that donors will view this strong support for vaccines as just one key element of broader and continued commitment to maternal and child health.
“As global financial commitments for maternal and child health under the 2010 G8 Muskoka Initiative run out this year, we urge international governments to build on today’s momentum and be equally ambitious in funding key interventions to save lives in the world’s poorest countries,” said Amy Bartlett, Executive Director of RESULTS Canada, an ACTION partner.
ACTION is a global partnership of 10 advocacy organizations in donor and high burden countries working to influence policy and mobilize resources to fight diseases of poverty and improve equitable access to health services. ACTION’s priorities are ending the TB epidemic, and ending preventable child deaths. www.ACTION.org / http://www.action.org/about/partners