What is Gavi?

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance was set-up in 2000 to save children's lives and protect people's health by increasing access to immunisation in developing countries

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Increasing access to immunisations

In January 2000, with global immunisation rates stagnating, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance was launched to fund vaccines for children in developing countries. Its mission: to save children's lives and protect people's health by increasing access to immunisation in the world's poorest countries.

By pulling the specialist skills of all the main players in immunisation - WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, donor governments, developing countries, international development and finance organisations and the pharmaceutical industry - into one decision-making body, Gavi has brought a single-minded focus to the urgent task of closing three critical gaps in the provision of vaccines:

  1. between children for whom immunisation is a given and the 22 million children worldwide with no access to vaccines;
  2. between the introduction of a new vaccine in industrialised countries and the average 10-15 years it can take for the same vaccine to reach low-income countries;
  3. between the need for new vaccines in developing countries and the lack of research and funds to provide them.

Since its launch in 2000, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has helped prevent more than eight million future deaths and helped protect 580 million additional children with new and under-used vaccines. 

Gavi programmes

IFFIm funding is channelled through Gavi programmes to reduce the number of vaccine-preventable deaths among children under five in developing countries. There are two key areas where these resources can have a substantial and immediate impact:

These two funding streams are inextricably linked as substantial funding to support health systems is needed to ensure that the eligible countries are able to expand access to the traditional vaccines and manage and deliver the new vaccines.

76 million

By the end of 2015, Gavi had contributed to immunising 76 million children against pneumococcal disease. Gavi surpassed its 2015 target of 45 introductions already in 2014 – more than one year ahead of schedule. More than three-quarters of all Gavi-supported countries have introduced the vaccine.


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