28 November 2014
OTTTAWA, Ontario, Canada
RESULTS Canada and Save the Children applaud Canada’s $500 million to global vaccines initiative.
Today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper continued Canada’s leadership in maternal, newborn, and child health by announcing a commitment of $500 million to Gavi: the Vaccines Alliance ahead of the 2015 replenishment conference in Berlin, Germany. This represents an increase of 41% over Canada’s previous commitment to Gavi (2011 to 2015) and 6.7% of Gavi’s USD $7.5 billion replenishment target.
“Prime Minister Harper is delivering on the commitment made to the world’s children at the Saving Every Women, Every Child Summit in May,” says Amy Bartlett, Executive Director of RESULTS Canada. “RESULTS Canada and citizen advocates across the country are proud to have a played a lead role in ensuring vaccines reach 300 million more children through Gavi.”
The Prime Minister made the announcement at an event with Senegalese Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne and Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance, at the Philippe Manguilen Senghor Health Clinic in Dakar to mark the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in Senegal.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper identified vaccinations/immunizations to reduce the burden of disease as one of the three programmatic pillars of Canada’s $3.5 billion (2015-2020) commitment to maternal, newborn, and child health, announced in May 2014 at the Saving Every Women, Every Child Summit.
“Gavi’s work has already helped save the lives of more than 5 million children. We welcome Canada’s increased commitment to Gavi and see it as vital to reducing the burden of infectious disease and helping to finally put an end to the preventable death of children,” noted Patricia Erb, President and CEO of Save the Children noted
Since, its launch in 2000, Gavi has immunized 440 million children around the world. If fully replenished, by 2020, Gavi will have protected an addition 300 million children with vaccines.
“Disease knows no borders. Ensuring every child has access to life-saving vaccines is critical to reducing child mortality and is the only way to reduce global burden of infectious diseases,” says Ms. Bartlett.
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