November 12, 2014 – As the global community marks World Pneumonia Day, a new report from Save the Children and the ACTION partnership shows that urgent investment in global immunisation is vital to ensure no child dies from preventable diseases.
Although pneumonia is often preventable with a vaccine, the disease remains a leading killer of the world’s children. The report, A Chance to Reach Every Child, makes the case for increased donor investments in immunisation programmes through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a public-private partnership working to expand access to new and underused vaccines, such as the pneumococcal vaccine, among children in the world’s poorest countries.
In January 2015, Gavi will hold a replenishment conference to mobilise an additional US$ 7.5 billion to fund its 2016-2020 strategy and save 5-6 million lives. The report outlines how much investment each donor should allocate to ensure this target is met.
“Gavi has made an ambitious call to donors to fully fund this next step towards reaching every child with lifesaving vaccines. With vaccines, the link between donor investment and lives saved is powerful and clear. We call on current and new donors to step forward and meet the challenge to ensure no child is left behind,” said Aaron Oxley, Executive Director of RESULTS UK, an ACTION partner.
Working in partnership with donor governments, recipient countries, the private sector, international organisations and civil society, Gavi has supported more than 70 of the world’s poorest countries to immunise 440 million children, preventing 6 million deaths. But despite progress, one in every five children around the world still cannot access vaccines.
The new report therefore analyses how Gavi can close this inequality gap, act effectively on its 2016-2020 strategy, and meet the global goal of ensuring no child dies from preventable causes. Recommendations include prioritising the hardest–to-reach children, investing in health systems, and playing a greater role in bringing down vaccine prices for governments beyond Gavi’s support.
“Every child has the right to life-saving vaccines, regardless of where they are born. We can only judge global immunisation efforts a success if we achieve universal coverage for children from every background, and end unequal access to essential health care.” said Jasmine Whitbread, CEO of Save the Children International.
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- World Pneumonia Day is held every year on November 12 to raise awareness on the world’s biggest infectious killer of children under age 5. Every year nearly 1 million children die of pneumonia worldwide. http://worldpneumoniaday.org/
- ACTION is a global partnership of advocacy organizations working to influence policy and mobilize resources to fight diseases of poverty and improve equitable access to health services. ACTION partners work across five continents in both donor and high burden countries. http://www.action.org/
- Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in over 120 countries to save children's lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential. http://www.savethechildren.net/