Archive for September 2011
GAVI – the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation – or GAVI Alliance as it is now tautological branding would have us call it, has had a rather happy September thus far. The 11 year-old Public Private Partnership on Friday 16th of the month proudly declared Burundi will become the tenth African country to roll out the new pneumoccal vaccine. GAVI said more than 16,000 children die of pneumococcal diseases including bacterial pneumonia in Burundi every year, almost all of which would been prevented by the vaccine.
Five days later, on 21 September, praise was rained down on the Alliance by two rather grande fromages of the aid world. That is Andrew Mitchell the UK’s secretary of state for international development, the chief of the Department for International Development (DFID), and Raj Shah, head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the world’s single biggest development donor. They said GAVI is a “game changer” in a meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York.