October 17th 2013 – Today, the ACTION global health advocacy partnership released a ‘Donor Immunization Record’ to track whether donors are delivering on their commitments to the GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership working to increase access to immunizations in developing countries.
“The daily work of providing vaccines to the world's poorest children requires predictable, long-term funding that cannot be subject to the whims of annual budget cycles. Donors must step up to ensure GAVI has the sustainable funding need to continue its lifesaving efforts," said Kolleen Bouchane, ACTION Director.
In June 2011, the world committed an additional $US 4.3 billion to GAVI, which enabled GAVI to commit to averting 4 million future deaths by 2015. Since then, GAVI has been on pace to reach almost a quarter billion additional children in 50 countries with new vaccines by 2015.
The accountability tool found that many GAVI donors are on track to fulfill their commitments, but Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and the United States are still on the hook to deliver promised funding, while urgent follow up is necessary to ensure eight countries – including Australia, the European Union, and Japan – extend their current pledges to 2015.
Australia must be accountable to the world's most vulnerable children, especially those in our Asia Pacific backyard, by delivering promised funds and announcing its continued support to the work of providing lifesaving vaccines,” said Maree Nutt, CEO of RESULTS Australia.
The record’s release coincides with GAVI’s Mid-Term Review, which marks the halfway point in GAVI’s 2011-2015 strategy, and provides an opportunity to build off GAVI’s public evaluation of its successes and challenges with a closer look at where donors stand in making and fulfilling pledges to GAVI.
“It is worrying that France has not yet fulfilled its commitment to GAVI, endangering the progress we have made to end preventable child deaths,” said Patrick Bertrand, Executive Director of Global Health Advocates France.
View the full record and an interactive map with additional national context at www.ACTION.org. Join @ACTION_Tweets in the #vaccineswork conversation about donor accountability to the world’s children.
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