Gavi launches ‘INFUSE’ initiative to overcome barriers to immunisation

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22 January 2016
Gavi launches ‘INFUSE’ initiative to overcome barriers to immunisation
Call to entrepreneurs, corporations and implementers to innovate and improve vaccine delivery.
Davos, 22 January 2016 – Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance today called for proven-concept innovations from entrepreneurs and companies that could drive improvements in immunisation in developing countries. The Geneva-based public-private partnership will identify the most promising concepts and technologies and connect them with influential public and private sector leaders.

At the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, Gavi hosted global business leaders, government officials and high-tech innovators to introduce Innovation for Uptake, Scale and Equity in immunisation (INFUSE) – an initiative focused on overcoming the obstacles that lead to almost 19 million children per year not receiving a full course of the most basic vaccines. Gavi CEO Dr Seth Berkley highlighted the importance of harnessing new thinking, potentially from innovators outside the immunisation and global health fields, to reach more children with vaccines.

The INFUSE topic for 2016 is immunisation data availability, quality, and use – a fundamental step to building an efficient and sustainable immunisation systems in developing countries. Gavi will welcome data-related proposals of projects that are either already operating or have completed their pilot phase. Gavi will encourage new partnerships to enable a small number of successful projects to help bridge the gap between pilot phase, small-scale implementation and regional or global scale- up.

“I am excited that Gavi is ready to embrace new and diverse thinking to solve the challenges that are preventing us from reaching children with vaccines,” said Dr Berkley. “Data is absolutely critical to health as it enables us to track both people and diseases. We are looking forward to exploring new possibilities for capturing and using data in the countries we work with.”

INFUSE is open to local and global entrepreneurs, corporations, and implementers with a proven-to-work technology or implementation innovation enhancing data availability, quality, or use, that could be adapted to the broad developing country context. These could include solutions ranging from better tools and training resources for local health workers to track vaccinated children at the point of care, to the application of emerging “deep data” concepts to identify resource gaps and areas for improving health and immunisation systems.

By connecting innovators with influential public and private sector figures, Gavi hopes to accelerate the use of proven-concept innovations to modernise immunisation delivery. Those interested in joining INFUSE can apply online at infuse.gavi.org