BMGF – Gates Foundation Watch [to 10 January 2015]

BMGF – Gates Foundation Watch [to 10 January 2015]

New Collection by More Than 30 World-Renowned Artists Illustrates the Global Impact of Vaccines
The Art of Saving a Life Project Features the Work of Angélique Kidjo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, GMB Akash, Sophie Blackall, Thomas Ganter, Vik Muniz, Alexia Sinclair and Others, and Debuts at Critical Moment for Global Vaccine Advocacy

SEATTLE (January 7, 2015) — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today introduced The Art of Saving a Life project, a new initiative that brings together more than 30 world-renowned musicians, writers, filmmakers, painters, sculptors and photographers to demonstrate how vaccines continue to positively change the course of history.

The Art of Saving a Life is designed to support the critical work of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance by spurring conversations about the value of vaccines. On January 27 in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host a high-level event seeking to mobilize funding for Gavi to help reach an additional 300 million children with life-saving vaccines by 2020. The conference will bring together world leaders, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector and other partners who will show their support for Gavi, and will feature select pieces of The Art of Saving a Life artwork.

“From sculptures to paintings, from digital animations to music, artists have been inspired to capture the amazing power of vaccines,” said Gavi CEO Dr. Seth Berkley. “I’m looking forward to seeing a large part of this work in Berlin, where we will be calling on global leaders to stand together and pledge the necessary funds to immunize 300 million children by 2020, which will prevent up to 6 million deaths. This is a remarkable mix of both the art and science of saving a life.”…