GAVI Alliance - Saving Lives through Immunisations

March 20, 2014

Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) exists to provide unimmunised children with vital vaccines that offer them a better chance to fight serious but preventable diseases. There are over 22 million children around the world in developing countries who do not have access to life-saving vaccines. Providing access to immunisation will help these children grow up to have productive healthy lives. Vaccines can prevent costly illness and possible fatalities.

Premedical students in the hospital laboratory GAVI Alliance 5-Year Plan

In June 2010, the Alliance made a pledge to immunise all babies in developing countries around the world. The pledge promised to have at least a billion children vaccinated by 2015. This plan was to be implemented with specific targets, strategic goals, and indicators that would monitor the plan’s progress towards fulfilment.

The Mission and Goal

Through sheer perseverance, GAVI Alliance reached their goals to introduce pentavalent vaccines and to boost the delivery of new generation vaccines for rotavirus and pneumococcal virus to developing countries. The organisation laid out their objectives beyond 2015 to include four goals that support their main mission which is to provide immunisation to global rural communities that do not have access to vaccines.

The 4 Goals of GAVI Alliance

The vaccine goal is the organisation’s foremost objective. This goal supports the use of new and underused vaccines.

The second goal focuses on the health systems which will strengthen the delivery of immunization to the benefactors.

The third goal involves financing the immunisation projects and taking steps to sustain the flow of funding for immunisation programs.

The fourth goal is to shape the vaccine markets.

Success Stories

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), GAVI Alliance and partner organizations such as UNICEF and WHO paid for the facilitation of the 1-year vaccination program in DRC. At the end of the year, 70 percent of children were immunised with 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis by their first birthdays. This was 54 percent more immunizations than in other areas. Similar initiatives and success rates were also applied in rural districts of Tanzania.

How GAVI Appoints and Removes Support

GAVI provides immunisation support to the poorest communities in the world. Countries are deemed eligible based on the national income and gross national income (GNI) per capita. Support is given to nations with a GNI per capital below or equal to US$1,570. When a country’s GNI rises above the eligible threshold, support is withdrawn and allotted to poorer countries.

How You Can Help GAVI and Its Beneficiaries

GAVI welcomes and strives to retain professionals, especially those in the medical field, to facilitate its programs worldwide. Employees and volunteers are chosen based on how they relate to the organisation’s goals and objectives. Key people that GAVI attracts into its organisation include those who can contribute to their policies, advocacy, and fundraising goals.

Internship Opportunities at GAVI

Students or fresh graduates may also apply for internships at GAVI to gain work experience in the public health sector. Both the students and the organisation benefit from this internship program. As a student you can enhance your education through practical hands-on work in different locations around the world, which will give you the competitive edge when it comes to future employment in the health sector.