Germany shows continued support for immunizations

The GAVI Alliance praised Germany on Nov. 7 during the mid-term review for its continued support for immunizations in the developing world.

At the mid-term review held in Stockholm, the German government recommitted their contribution to GAVI of approximately $22.3 million a year until 2015.

"The GAVI Alliance has successfully translated the ambitious goals of its strategic planning into remarkable successes benefiting to millions of children in the poorest countries of the world," Director-General of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Ursula Muller said.

Germany said the funding will partly be used to support GAVI's programs in the East African Community to benefit children in the region.

"We are very grateful to Germany for its continued commitment to protecting children in developing countries," GAVI CEO Dr. Seth Berkley said. "As a crucial partner of the Muskoka Initiative for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Germany's support to GAVI's programs in the EAC will make a significant contribution to improving the health of children and giving them a better future."

GAVI said Germany's funding would increase immunization rates for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B and hemophilus influenzae type b across the region, including areas such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.