The Power of Vaccines

The Power of Vaccines

What's at Stake

6.6 million children under the age of five die each year, largely from preventable and treatable diseases. Vaccines are a key preventative intervention that save 3 million lives per year. Yet every year 1.5 million children die from diseases that could have been prevented with a vaccine. 

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Tracking Commitments to the GAVI Alliance

Australia

Urgent Follow Up Needed

Australia has been a strong supporter of GAVI since 2006, and sits on its Board. In its 2012 aid review, AusAID expressed its satisfaction with GAVI, rating the agency “Strong” or “Very Strong” for all indicators. AusAID also expressed that GAVI aligns well with the strategic goals of the Australian aid program in saving lives, achieving the MDGs, and working to strengthen health systems in fragile contexts. Australia made a surprise commitment in 2011 of AUD 200 million over 2011 – 2013, well over its fair share, but USD 52.5 million remains outstanding in October 2013. Australia has not pledged to 2015. For more information, visit www.results.org.au/

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Canada

A GAVI donor since 2002, Canada is the lead supporter of the Muskoka Initiative to mobilize global action to reduce maternal and infant mortality and improve the health of mothers and children in the world's poorest countries. Canada is also a founding member of the Pneumococcal Advance Market Commitment (AMC). Between 2002 and 2010, Canada contributed USD 277 million to GAVI. Canada also pledged an additional USD 75 million in AMC contributions and USD 65 million in direct contributions to GAVI for the 2011-2015 period. Most recently, Canada topped its five-year commitment by USD 19.6 million for GAVI’s measles supplementary immunization activities in six Muskoka-focus countries. While Canada has surpassed its commitment, the current level of commitment isn’t strong enough to reflect the country’s standing as a lead supporter of the Muskoka Initiative. For more information, visit www.results-resultats.ca/

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Denmark

Urgent Follow Up Needed

Denmark’s current commitment to GAVI ends in 2013, despite the fact that it initially pledged to support GAVI until 2015. Denmark has decided to phase out support to GAVI after 2013.

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European Union

Urgent Follow Up Needed

The EU committed funding to GAVI on an ad hoc annual basis from 2011 and 2012 — not through a multi-year commitment. The EU is now considering its external budget, which will determine funding levels for future support to GAVI.

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France

Urgent Follow Up Needed

In light of its leadership on innovative financing, France has been an important contributor to GAVI since 2007 through IffIm, proving 25% of all IFFIM commitments over the current cycle. Until now, the air tax levy has been the main funding source for paying French obligations, which shows strong political will but mitigates French financial commitment, as funding comes from extra budgetary resources.

Additionally, France made its first multi-year direct pledge to GAVI in 2011, committing EUR 100 million over 2011-2015. This was in line with France's important commitments made to maternal and child health since 2010. However, only about one-quarter of the pledge was planned over the period, and an additional EUR 50 million is being disbursed only due to adhoc payback from the 10th  European Development Fund (EDF). In light of current budget negotiations over the 11th EDF, and since the 10th EDF is coming to an end this year, it is unlikely future payback will be made available. Latest information suggests that out of the remaining EUR 22 million, EUR 10 million is under threat and may not be paid.

For more information, visit http://www.ghadvocates.eu/

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Germany

Follow Up Recommended

Germany has grown as a GAVI donor — from EUR 4 million in 2010 to EUR 30 million. It announced its first multi-year commitment in early 2013, extending Germany’s annual commitments to 2015, subject to parliamentary approval. At the Mid-Term Review, the German Government "reaffirmed its intention to continue funding GAVI with at least €30 million a year until 2015." 

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Ireland

Follow Up Recommended

Ireland is on track to fulfill its EUR 11.5 million commitment for 2010–2014, but could consider an additional commitment for 2015.

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Italy

Italy is on track to deliver its 20-year IFFIm commitment, and the rest of its Advanced Market Commitment.

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Japan

Follow Up Recommended

Japan became a first-time GAVI donor in 2011, committing annually in 2012 and 2013. Japan is set to deliver its 2013 commitment, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged continued support after 2013.

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Luxembourg

Luxembourg is set to deliver its five-year, EUR 4.1 million commitment to GAVI.

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Spain

Spain delivered its one-year direct pledge of EUR 2 million in 2011, and continues to meet its IFFIm commitments, which are scheduled to continue until 2025.

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Sweden

New Pledge Announced!

Sweden has an annual agreement with GAVI, steadily increasing its contributions from a SEK 250 million pledge in 2011 to a SEK 450 million pledge in 2014. Sweden originally pledged a total of approximately USD 200 million in 2011 (USD 40 million per year), and as the host of the Mid-Term review, announced total contributions totalling USD 129 million for 2013 and 2014, a USD 49 million increase.

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United Kingdom

GAVI's Largest Donor

The UK is a founding member and long-standing political and financial supporter of GAVI. Through supporting all three funding channels, the UK has maintained its financial leadership with GAVI since its inception in 2000. In order to continue this progress, sustained advocacy is critical to ensure the UK remains a leading donor and catalyzes additional funding from other donors during the next replenishment. To find out more about how you can support this push, please visit www.results.org.uk or contact mark@results.org.uk

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United States

In 2011, the United States made a three-year $450 million pledge to GAVI, and annually the President’s budget and Congress have worked to fulfill that pledge. However, delays in the annual appropriations process means full funding for GAVI has yet to be disbursed. Because of across the board budget cuts and sequestration, currently the GAVI Alliance is set to receive $7 million less than the full $145 million appropriated for fiscal year 2013. The appropriators of both chambers of Congress have allocated $175 million for GAVI for fiscal year 2014, but the final appropriations bills have yet to be voted on by the full Congress. The U.S. has not yet pledged for 2015, but a strong endorsement of GAVI in the President’s budget for 2015 of $200 million and the U.S. fulfilling their commitments for FY2013 and FY2014 would support the U.S. goal of ending preventable child deaths by 2035. For more information, visit www.results.org.

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Netherlands

Progress in Danger

The Netherlands is on track to deliver its substantial, long-term grant agreement of EUR 120 million from 2011–2015, but its foreign aid budget is set to be reduced by one-third over the next few years.

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Norway

Norway is on track to deliver its five-year USD 635 million pledge to GAVI, in addition to USD 50 million to the Advanced Market Commitment, and USD 220 million until 2020 to IFFIm.

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Republic of Korea

New Pledge Announced!

The Republic of Korea became a first time GAVI donor in 2010, announcing a three-year commitment through to 2012. The Republic of Korea announced a new commitment to GAVI of a total of US$ 5m from 2013-2017.

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New Tool Tracks Donor Commitments to GAVI Alliance

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.

GAVI Donor Immunization Record
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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.

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Dr. Loe Loumou Clarisse Champion

Dr. Loe Loumou Clarisse

Dr. Clarisse has been working as paediatrician for the past seventeen years in paediatric clinics in Cameroon. She is the Founder and Vice President of Alternative Sante, an organization’s whose mission is to facilitate access to basic health for children through educating mothers, creating contacts with existing health facilities, and reducing drop-out rates of immunization programs in various communities across Cameroon.
 
Dr. Clarisse has been a tireless local advocate seeking to increase demand for immunizations and its sustainable financing. She was involved in Atavac, a program which sought to increase vaccination coverage in Cameroon by stimulating demand and linking immunization to child survival, and was primarily responsible for training nurses in immunization units.

At the global level, Dr. Clarisse has been a member of the GAVI CSO Steering Committee since March 2010 and heads the newly created Francophone CSO Network for Vaccination and Immunization Advocacy. She is also advocating for greater local financing of immunization programs in partnership with the Sabin Institute’s Sustainable Immunization Financing project.

Dr. Clarisse joined ACTION during World Immunization Week 2012 to speak with members of European Parliament about the importance of the EC’s support for GAVI, and challenges facing programs on the ground.
 

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