GAVI Eyes Creating Group to Lobby Governments for Funding

A health worker prepares tetanus vaccination for a pregnant woman in Sierra Leone. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations plans to create a group to lobby funding from governments. Photo by: Olivier Asselin / GAVI

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization plans to create a group that will help bring in USD3.7 billion to the organization’s coffers.

Mary Robinson, a former Irish president and GAVI’s outgoing chairwoman, expects the advocacy group to commence operations in the first quarter of 2011 and involve human rights activists. The group will lobby governments for contributions, which will fund the development of new vaccines and distribution of existing ones, Robinson told Bloomberg in an interview on Nov. 28 in Kigali, Rwanda.

“This group will speak to presidents and prime ministers about how cost-effective it is to ensure health through immunization,” she said, as quoted by Bloomberg. “We have a strong advocacy case. We believe at the next fundraising meeting in June, we will get all the $3.7 billion and more.”

As reported by Devex, GAVI is due to hold a pledging conference in June 2011, where it hopes to secure USD4.3 billion to expand its immunization programs through 2015.

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