June 2011 saw an incredible campaign success for ONE and our partners. World leaders promised a remarkable $4.3 billion over the next 5 years to support the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) in their drive to save lives by making new and underused vaccines available in the world’s poorest countries. This is well over the target of $3.7 billion.
More than 300,000 ONE members took action on this crucial issue over recent weeks and signed our petition to world leaders, leaving them in no doubt they needed take the incredible opportunity to help save 4 million more lives over the next 5 years.
This is a huge victory for mothers and children around the world in the fight against extreme poverty. It is extraordinary that the success of this conference can literally be counted in the millions of lives it has saved. UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Bill Gates should both be proud of their moral leadership and generosity that has helped secure this result. Leaders from USA, Norway, Sweden, Australia and around the world have lived-up to their responsibilities and secured the future for millions of children.
ONE also welcomed the European Commission finding additional funds to contribute to GAVI, and the Commission’s ongoing commitment to supporting country health systems. We now look to the Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs to give a more ambitious share of the Commission’s overseas development aid in the next long-term budget.
The GAVI alliance is a leading example of smart, innovative aid that really works, supporting families across Africa. Vaccines deliver measurable and cost-effective results.
Effective international aid has already helped put 46 million children in Africa in school since 1999 and more than 500 million people have been reached with antimalarial bednets in the past 2 years alone. Now millions of mothers in the poorest countries will be able to vaccinate their children against some of the deadliest diseases thanks to your support.
The voice of over 300,000 ONE members was delivered to world leaders today, calling on them save 4 million lives by funding vaccines to the poorest countries. ONE member Carolyn Campbell-Baldwin handed over the petition at the home of the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, who is set to host a vital pledging conference on Monday.
The good news in development often gets buried, deep below wars and debt and disaster. But today, world leaders made bold new pledges to the GAVI Alliance in support of child vaccines, making the choice clear for reporters, press secretaries and live-tweeters alike: today was going to be a good news day.
For months now, we’ve been asking our ONE members to give it all they have on our vaccine campaign. We asked our members to use every advocacy tool and skill they had to make sure that we won this important fight to save 4 million children in five years. Thanks to this hard work we generated more than 300,000 signatures on our petition.