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. Australia has not yet made a 2014-2015 commitment to GAVI, although it committed and has now delivered AUD 200 million from 2011-2013, and has a 20-year AUD 250 million commitment to IFFIm. 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. Canada’s total contributions (USD 256.2 million) represent 3.5% of all GAVI contributions for 2011-2015. As a leader in maternal, newborn and child health, Canada should signal its continued and increased support to GAVI for 2016-2020 by contributing 5% of the global ask.. 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 has committed ad hoc funding, rather than a multi-year commitment, to GAVI. Its total commitment represents only 0.7% compared to other donors, much below its status as the third largest contributor to international aid globally. The EU is now considering its external budget for 2014-2020, which will determine future funding levels for GAVI, and which should include a multi-year commitment.

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France

Urgent Follow Up Needed

As a leader in innovative finance, France has a long term, growing IFFIm contribution to GAVI. However, EUR 22 million of France’s EUR 100 million direct pledge is not in France’s budget, and decreases in aid funding will further threaten France's willingness to fulfill its pledge to GAVI.

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 delivered its 2013 commitment and Prime Minister Abe has pledged continued support after 2015.

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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. At GAVI’s mid-term review, Sweden announced an additional USD 34.3 million for 2013 and 2014, bringing its contributions for those years to USD 129 million.

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United Kingdom

GAVI's Largest Donor

The UK is GAVI's largest donor, contributing to multiple funding streams and showing great commitment in delivering on its pledge of GBP 814 million in 2011. The UK should show similar leadership during the next replenishment and encourage other donors to step up, which will be vital to ensuring GAVI is fully funded to implement its 2016-2020 strategy.To find out more about how you can support this push, please visit www.results.org.uk or contact megan@results.org.uk

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United States

While the final budget negotiations for 2014 increased US support for GAVI, the US is still USD 7 million shy of delivering on its three-year USD 450 million pledge made in 2011. The US should close this gap during the fiscal year. The President’s 2015 budget request included a request of USD 200 million for GAVI, subject to congressional approval, which signals continued and increased US support, and sets precedent for other donors to increase their pledges in the lead up to GAVI’s replenishment conference. 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. In 2013, Korea made a new five year commitment of USD 5 million for 2013-2017, extending and increasing support for GAVI.

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Impressive Vaccines Accountability

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Updated Donor Immunization Record Shows Impressive Accountability on Vaccines

April 24, 2014 -- The ACTION global health advocacy partnership has released an update to its Donor Immunization Record, revealing an impressive global accountability picture on child vaccines: 14 out of 17 major donors have delivered on their commitments to the GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership working to increase access to immunizations in developing countries.

Looking towards the launch of GAVI’s next replenishment on May 20th in Brussels, the report tracks pledges made since the historic 2011 GAVI pledging conference, where the world committed an additional USD 4.3 billion to GAVI. These unprecedented pledges enabled GAVI to commit to averting 4 million future deaths by 2015.

“We should applaud the world leaders who not only made these historic commitments, but followed through to fulfill them. We can’t stop now. As we move towards GAVI’s next replenishment, we must sustain this momentum to continue our progress against preventable child deaths,” said Alison Root, Deputy Director of the ACTION Secretariat.  

Despite this generally strong accountability outlook, there is still work to be done. Japan, Australia, France, and the European Union are still on the hook to either deliver their current pledges or extend their pledges to 2015. 

"It is worrying that both France and the EU are not keeping their promise to the world's children by fulfilling their commitments to the GAVI Alliance and being ambitious enough in their support. France’s government cannot hide behind economic crises as an excuse for cutting their overseas development budget and ending programs that save children lives,” said Patrick Bertrand, Executive Director of Global Health Advocates France, an ACTION partner. “As for the EU, being the third largest foreign aid donor comes with responsibility. Scaling up support for GAVI, and ensuring it is predictable over the next year, is a bare minimum.”

Yet recent new announcements and pledges are providing encouraging momentum as GAVI enters its next replenishment period, when it will ask donors to make new commitments for 2016-2020 to continue and accelerate its efforts to ensure every child has access to life-saving vaccines. Both Sweden and the Republic of Korea recently made new pledges to GAVI, and the US has sent a positive signal of continued GAVI support in the President’s 2015 budget.

Join @ACTION_Tweets in the #vaccineswork, #RUuptodate conversation about donor accountability to the world’s children.

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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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