On 27 January 2015 partners of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, will gather in Berlin, Germany to back Gavi’s ambitious plan to immunise an additional 300 million children against potentially fatal diseases between 2016 and 2020 and save a further five to six million lives.
An acceleration is necessary because, despite an unprecedented increase in vaccine programmes in developing countries, 1.5 million children still die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases and one in five children worldwide do not receive a full course of even the most basic vaccines.
Between 2000 and 2013, 195 million children were reached in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries with Gavi-supported vaccines. Gavi is planning to immunise an additional 135 million children in ACP countries in the period 2016-2020. African leaders recently pledged to prioritise sustainable immunisation programmes as part of continued investment in the healthy futures of children and families in their countries.
Read the Leaders declaration: http://www.gavi.org/immunise-africa-2020/