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Raising Resources for ImmunizationsChampion
Andrew Mitchell MP
ACTION began advocating for vaccines in 2011 at a critical time for promoting equitable access to health for children under five. Our first priority was to assist the GAVI Alliance in raising the resources necessary to expand access to new life-saving vaccines against the leading killers of children under five in the world’s poorest countries. In its first 10 years of operating, GAVI has saved 5 million lives from vaccine-preventable deaths and shaped vaccine markets to bring the price of vaccines down to a fraction of what they once were.
ACTION worked with GAVI and its allies to raise support from donor governments during its 2011 pledging meeting, hosted by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. The purpose of the meeting was to secure enough resources from donors – $3.7 billion – to support GAVI’s efforts through 2015. The pledging meeting exceeded all expectations raising $4.3 billion in pledges – $2.5 billion of it from ACTION countries. These resources will support GAVI to immunize over 250 million children and prevent more than 4 million premature deaths by 2015.
Over several months leading up to the pledging, ACTION met with parliamentarians and members of Congress in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, the E.C., the U.K., and the U.S. and educated them about the benefits of investing in GAVI. We generated media coverage with the support of our grassroots volunteers that illustrated the importance of boosting immunization rates around the world. We also worked in coalitions with other civil society organizations to ask our governments to make fair contributions to GAVI.
Reporting on the success of the replenishment meeting, GAVI’s interim CEO Helen Evans wrote:
We were superbly supported by a coordinated global advocacy campaign, underpinned by civil society organisations and networks. … ONE.org, Save the Children, and [ACTION partner] RESULTS deserve our particular thanks.
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"For the price of a cup of coffee you can vaccinate a child against five of the major childhood killers. Every day the lives of 7,000 children are saved by vaccines. Vaccinations are proof positive that well spent aid save lives. They are one of the best and most cost effective health interventions that money can buy." -Andrew Mitchell MP
Andrew Mitchell MP is Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield and was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 12 May 2010. Since taking the reins at the Department for International Development (DfID), he has sought to pioneer a new approach to development, based on the understanding that aid is a means to an end, not an end in itself.
Despite public support for aid in the UK stuttering due to the economic downturn, Andrew Mitchell remains one of the most prominent champions for UK aid, including advocating for the current government’s commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) on aid to be enshrined in law. Immunization is a personal priority for Andrew Mitchell, something he feels matches well with this ‘effectiveness’ agenda, providing tangible results in terms of those reached with vaccines and levels of disease prevented, and given that it is an investment focused for the most part on children.
Mr. Mitchell and the UK government are global leaders in supporting childhood immunization. This reached a precipice when the UK hosted the GAVI replenishment conference in June 2011, where donors pledged a combined total of $4.3 billion. This included the UK more than doubling its contribution to £814 million pounds over the period 2011-15. DfID is also a leading contributor to global efforts to combat measles and polio.
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