GAVI Watch [to 7 June 2014]

GAVI Watch [to 7 June 2014]

:: GAVI Alliance thanks Norway for its support to the polio endgame strategy
Geneva, 5 June 2014
…In an agreement signed this week in Oslo, Norway has committed to contribute US$190 million (NOK 1.14 billion) to the GAVI Alliance’s polio work for the period 2014-2019. This will support the Alliance’s effort to complement GPEI’s work, strengthening routine immunisation and introducing inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) in GAVI-supported countries.
“Norway’s leadership in global health is legendary, this additional support for inactivated polio immunisation and strengthening routine immunisation inspires the world to work together for a world without polio,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance.
“I am delighted that we have signed an agreement with GAVI to support global efforts to eradicate polio,” said Børge Brende, Norwegian Minister for Foreign Affairs. “We have a unique opportunity to eradicate this infectious and debilitating disease, but it will require an extra effort if we are to succeed.”…

:: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation to invest in GAVI Alliance HPV programmes
London, 4 June 2014
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) will invest US$25 million in the GAVI Alliance “to protect girls and women in developing countries from the leading cause of cervical cancer.” The funding will be matched by the UK’s Department for International Development through the GAVI Matching Fund.
CIFF chief executive Michael Anderson announced the new funding at the UK launch of the End Cervical Cancer Now campaign, held at the Houses of Parliament today. The event was attended by H.E. Lordina Dramani Mahama, the First Lady of Ghana, and H.E. Dr Maria da Luz Dai Guebuza, the first Lady of Mozambique as well as GAVI Alliance CEO Dr Seth Berkley and Baroness Northover…
… “Our investment in the GAVI Alliance will have a major impact on the lives of women and families in developing countries,” said Michael Anderson. “HPV vaccine brings a double benefit for adolescent girls. Not only does it protect them from a terrible disease but it gives them the opportunity to access health services and engage with healthcare professionals, in many cases for the first time in a number of years.”
“Cervical cancer is a devastating disease that kills women at exactly the time when their families need them most,” said GAVI CEO Dr Seth Berkley. “I am pleased that CIFF is showing incredible support for our goal of reaching 30 million girls in 40 countries with this vital vaccine by 2020.”…