SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Germany to host replenishment event for GAVI Alliance

Germany announced this week that it will host an upcoming replenishment conference in an effort to secure the final round of funding for the vaccination of more than 300 million children, which would avert an additional five to six million deaths.

The GAVI Alliance welcomed the announcement, as the event will help put developing countries on track to immunize approximately half a billion additional children between 2000 and 2015.

"The GAVI Alliance is a very important partner for Germany as it contributes to reducing child mortality," Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Thomas Silberhorn said. "GAVI links interventions that strengthen health systems, increase equity and achieve sustainable development in the poorest countries. We consider it as an efficient organization and a valuable investment. Therefore, we are delighted to host its replenishment conference."

Germany has contributed to the increase of immunization rates through its partnership with GAVI since 2006.

"Germany has become a strong supporter of routine immunization and health system strengthening in developing countries through its funding of the GAVI Alliance," Seth Berkley, the CEO of the GAVI Alliance, said. "In hosting GAVI's Replenishment's meeting Germany shows its confidence in the organization and its strong commitment to global health. We are at a critical moment with the opportunity to immunize 300 million children and increase the number of children receiving all 11 WHO-recommended vaccines from 5 percent to 50 percent during the 2016 to 2020 period."