Lions Clubs International committed to raise US$30 million for GAVI

 Lions Clubs International committed to raise US$30 million for GAVI through “a unique partnership designed to protect tens of millions of children in the world’s poorest countries against measles, a highly infectious disease that kills an estimated 430 people every day, mostly in developing countries.” Under the partnership, Lions Clubs will deploy its network of 1.35 million volunteers to raise US$30 million for the GAVI Alliance by 2017, when Lions Clubs celebrates its 100th anniversary. The funds raised by the Lions will be matched by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing the total to US$60 million. Lions Clubs and GAVI “will work with ministries of health in developing countries to ensure children are vaccinated against measles and rubella. Lions will also play a key role in social mobilization efforts by working work with local leaders, coordinating community-level publicity and serving as volunteers at vaccination centers.”

Full media release: HAMBURG, Germany, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire:  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lions-clubs-international-and-gavi-alliance-partner-to-protect-children-from-measles-214616501.html