Daily Archives: June 29, 2011

Global vaccine and immunization scale up: A challenge to keep the momentum

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At the inaugural pledging conference of The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) on June 13, a record $4.3 billion in donations was secured from private and public donors, including a $450 million multi-year pledge from the United States. Now that the international community has shown GAVI the money, securing the resources to potentially surpass the goal of immunizing an additional 250 million children by 2015, next steps to show results and keep the movement’s momentum are key. In that vein, the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a panel discussion Monday exploring GAVI going forward with representatives from key global entities.

The current momentum behind GAVI is unquestionable, said event moderator Lisa Carty from CSIS, seldom does an organization set a pledge goal and comes away with $600 million more than they requested. But the panelists were sure to point out that this momentum was garnered through targeted advocacy from a broad base of supporters, and sustaining this momentum will be challenging but essential…