SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

GAVI Alliance Board approves 2016-2020 framework

The GAVI Alliance Board approved a framework on Saturday to support the immunization of an additional 300 million children from 2016-2020 in developing countries.

The initiative would save approximately six million lives, according to a GAVI Alliance press release.

"Our donors can be confident that we have a robust strategy that will ensure we can deliver on the ambitious targets we set when requesting funding for the 2016-2020 period," Dagfinn Høybråten, the chair of the GAVI Alliance, said. "We have a unique opportunity to use innovative approaches to support developing countries to continue to build and strengthen immunization programs that will benefit the children of today as well as generations to come."

The Alliance asked donors to provide approximately $7.5 billion to achieve the goals laid out in the new framework.

The GAVI Alliance will continue to support the introduction of new vaccines, increasing coverage of vaccines introduced with GAVI support and strengthening immunization delivery. The new framework projects that up to 50 percent of children in the 73 GAVI-supported countries will receive all 11 vaccines recommended for universal use by the World Health Organization by 2020.

As part of the framework, the GAVI Alliance will consolidate progress already made over the past four years. Developing countries are on target to immunize a quarter of a billion children from 2011-2015.