Will donors help NGOs get cheap vaccines from GAVI?

    Vials of vaccines from GAVI. Humanitarian groups like the Médecins Sans Frontières hope that GAVI would make its discounted vaccines available to NGOs. Photo by: Jeannine Harvey / CC BY-NC-SA

    GAVI is holding its mid-term review on Wednesday in Sweden to analyze how the alliance has progressed on its goals, and make the case for donors to continue supporting them.

    But humanitarian groups such as the Médecins Sans Frontières are hoping stakeholders will also use their influence to pushing GAVI to consider making its discounted vaccines available to NGOs and not only governments in eligible countries.

    An MSF spokesperson told Devex that civil society groups formally requested a policy discussion with the GAVI board in December 2012, but “it’s been an uphill struggle to get [the alliance] to seriously consider this request through the proper policy channels.”

    For NGOs to get vaccines at those subsidized prices is particularly crucial in emergency situations and would dramatically improve healthcare in many developing nations, added the spokesperson.

    In an official statement published in April, GAVI admitted that making their vaccines equally available to aid groups is a noble aspiration, but “only possible when there are stable forecasts, long-term commitments to large volumes with secure financing agreements from donors and recipient governments working together.”

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.