UK To Make Additional GAVI Contribution

A health worker hands a vaccination card to a woman with her baby at a health center in Sierra Leone. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce its contribution to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization worth $3.7 billion. Photo by: Olivier Asselin / GAVI

At the upcoming pledging conference for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce additional U.K. contribution to the organization in a bid to help it meet its $3.7 billion funding target for 2011-2015.

Cameron will be hosting the pledging conference in London on June 13. The contribution he will announce comes on top of the 150 million pounds ($248.12 million) the U.K. gave to GAVI in March 2010. This funding is expected to help save more than 4 million lives by supporting the distribution of two vaccines that will protect children from pneumonia and diarrhea.

The prime minister and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed the importance of the pledging conference to global efforts to reduce child mortality in Africa during the latter’s visit to the United Kingdom last week. G-8 leaders also called for a successful GAVI pledging conference in the communique they released at the end of their summit in France.

Germany last week pledged €30 million ($42.4 million) in contribution to GAVI for 2012.

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