Nations call on donors to fund GAVI Alliance

Representatives from developing nations called on donors to fund the GAVI Alliance's mission to immunize children on Friday at the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Ministers from Afghanistan, Angola, Moldova and Togo voiced their support for full funding of GAVI's initiative to reach 300 million additional children with vaccines between 2016-2020 after GAVI Alliance CEO Seth Berkley gave an update on the organization's efforts.

Berkley shared highlights from the GAVI replenishment meeting in Brussels on May 20, when GAVI presented an investment opportunity to donors that could unlock $80-100 billion in economic potential, as well as prevent the deaths of up to six million children. German Ambassador Thomas Fitschen also announced that his country will host the final GAVI Alliance replenishment meeting.

Berkley also gave updates on GAVI's support of inactivated polio vaccine, HPV and sustainability, and gave a brief preview of next month's GAVI Board meeting.

Ghana's Minister of Health Hanny-Sherry Ayittey also gave an overview of the country's efforts to increase vaccine coverage over the past 30 years.

"I am pleased to say that GAVI has supported Ghana to introduce these vaccines and we are very grateful for that," Ayittey said. "Healthier mothers and healthier children lead to economic benefits."

The GAVI Alliance was founded in 2000 and helps to co-finance immunization programs in countries around the world.