GAVI needs partners to 'learn by doing'

The GAVI Alliance has been working over a decade to save children’s lives and improve global health by increasing access to immunization in developing countries.

But that’s easier said than done, and GAVI cannot do it alone without partners that have more experience on the ground like the World Health Organization, the World Bank or the U.K. Department for International Development, Mercy Ahun, GAVI special representative to eligible countries, said during a video interview with Devex Editor Rolf Rosenkranz at the European Development Days in Brussels.

“We believe in learning by doing, and as we entered new areas … we realized that actually to address the issue of immunization long-term in countries with fragile health systems, you need … partners that have been working with health systems for a longer time,” she explained. “We are learning what works, what doesn’t work.”

Check out the full video here to learn more about how GAVI is engaging different partners in its immunization campaigns around the world.

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