Blog: Vaccines

Gavi at 20: How far have we come and how far can we go?

20 January 2020

This month marks 20 years since the creation of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Founded in 2000, by 2018 Gavi had immunised over 760 million children, delivering lifesaving interventions in over 60 countries saving 13 million lives . Gavi’s 20th birthday provides an important opportunity to celebrate Gavi’s achievements, and to focus minds on the remaining challenges.

The successes of Gavi in the last 20...

January Grassroots Conference Call 2020: DFID's support for global vaccination

20 January 2020

We kicked off 2020 with a network-wide conference call to discuss the politics of UK aid and development and the upcoming pledging moment for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance , which the UK will be hosting.

Our guest speakers on the call were Seb Meaney, Head of UK Strategy at Gavi, who talked about about the importance of UK support for Gavi and from Al Russell, Senior Public Affairs Adviser at Save the Children, on the role of DFID as a powerful anti-...

December grassroots conference call 2019 - Champions for Development

6 December 2019

In the last network-wide conference call of the year, we took some time to reflect on what a year it's been! We've been part of successful campaigns for the replenishement of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Education Cannot Wait and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the UK's contributions are something to celebrate. Looking ahead to 2020, we'll be continuing our work on global health, nutrition and education and trying to build relationships across all the main...

The GPEI Pledging Moment: What it means for polio eradication

20 November 2019

On Tuesday, political leaders and donors from around the world gathered in Abu Dhabi to attend the Pledging Moment for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). The $2.6bn raised will help to ensure that the GPEI can implement their 2019-2023 Endgame Strategy to secure a polio-free world.

A number of countries and organisations...

World Pneumonia Day 2019: the opportunity that lies ahead

12 November 2019

Pneumonia is a respiratory infection that accounts for 15% of all deaths of children under 5 years old, killing over 880,000 children in 2017. However, it can be averted by immunisation and adequate nutrition. This enormous death toll is needless and preventable. Political uncertainty over the coming period must not stand in the way of the UK’s commitment to the world's most vulnerable and marginalised people.

This...

November grassroots conference call: Let's make #VaccinesWork for every child

6 November 2019

This month, our grassroots conference call was held on the very day that UK announced its financial support to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – some £400 million over three years . This is a fantastic result, and exactly what we have been calling for! A huge thank you to everyone who has helped us campaign for this investment, it...

Help us build the will to eradicate polio this World Polio Day

24 October 2019

This year’s World Polio Day allows us to celebrate the remarkable success achieved as we aim to eradicate the scourge of Polio, but also to recognise the challenges that still remain. Next month, donors from across the world come together to commit money to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), one of the key organisations fighting to eradicate this terrible disease.

Firstly, there is much to celebrate: the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has reduced the number...

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: Science for the people, by the people

17 May 2019

Today is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day and we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on how some of the world’s most exciting research is made possible and why that matters.

The last year has been a fantastic year for vaccines research. We’ve seen two new clinical trials kick-off to test novel vaccine designs that build on over 15...

Measles, malaria and motorbikes: Immunisation in Ghana

26 April 2019
Measles, malaria and motorbikes: Immunisation in Ghana

Edmund hopping on a bike to provide immunisation services in hard to reach island communities in Afram Plains, Ghana. Image: Edmund Duodo, Twitter, 2018

Edmund Atweri Duodo:

I was born in a village called Teacher Mante in the Eastern Region of Ghana. In 1988, measles, known in my local language as ‘Ntobro’, was a household name and believed to be a routine infection every child should have.

In my village, there...

April 2019 Conference Call - Immunisation in Ghana

8 April 2019
April 2019 Grassroots Conference Call - Immunisation in Ghana

Image: Edmund shows us his motorbike, which he acquired with support form Gavi. The bike helps him reach remote locations that would otherwise only be accessible on foot.

This month, health advocate and nurse Edmund Duodo joined us from Ghana, sharing his experience of working directly with the hardest to reach communities. His expertise helped us in the UK visualise the incredible work that health workers are doing on the...

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