GAVI approves US$21 million “to help improve vaccine supply chains in Nigeria”

GAVI said it approved US$21 million “to help improve vaccine supply chains in Nigeria as part of a partnership aimed at scaling up routine immunisation.” The funds will be used by Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency “to procure vital equipment for storing vaccines and to improve data collection, both of which have been identified as key pillars in protecting children’s lives as enshrined in the government’s Saving One Million Lives Initiative.” As part of this initiative, Nigeria has set a target to increase routine immunisation coverage to 87% through 2015. The GAVI support “…comes as part of a broader partnership on health system strengthening including vaccine supply chain improvement, that is expected to be complemented with support from other partners including the European Union, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the UK’s Department of International Development and the Canadian International Development Agency.”