Children's Immunization Campaign

Children's Immunization Campaign

Launched at World Economic Forum

 

ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 1 (WIC) The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), an ambitious new campaign to immunize all of the world's children, has been launched at the World Economic Forum in New York. In a press release it issued here Monday, UNICEF Office in Addis Ababa said millions of young lives could be saved each year through the campaign.

 

At the official launch Monday, a global alliance of business leaders, philanthropic foundations, development banks, UN agencies and governments urged the world's economic power brokers to view children as the key to sustainable human development, the release said.

 

The release quoted members of the GAVI as arguing that children have a right to good health and that protecting the world's children against preventable diseases was not only a moral imperative, but an essential cornerstone of a health, stable world society.

 

According to the release, it was the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which last year paved the way for the launch of the vaccination campaign, otherwise known as Children's Challenge, by donating 750 million USD over five years to establish the Global Fund for Children's Vaccines.

 

The fund is one of the financial tools GAVI will use to save children's lives through improved immunization, the release said, adding that US Vice-President Al Gore recently announced plans to ask Congress for 50 million USD to support the objectives of the campaign.