October a busy time for health financing

Big news from the GAVI Alliance: In October, right after the Global Fund’s replenishment meeting, GAVI will host current and potential donors at an official resource mobilization meeting.

This meeting will be the first opportunity for donors to pledge the $1.1 billion needed for immunization programs between 2010 and 2012. Where possible, donors can also make commitments for the period between 2013 and 2015.

The funding that GAVI is requesting would help pay for the introduction of new vaccines and tackle major causes of pneumonia and diarrhea — two of the world’s biggest childhood killers.

It would also advance the introduction of new vaccines against HPV, Japanese encephalitis, meningitis, rubella and typhoid, and would and ensure the sustainability of current efforts to increase coverage of the pentavalent vaccine to children.

We’ve asked President Obama and other world leaders to come to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit in September with a plan to reduce poverty and disease by 2015. Conveniently, these back-to-back health financing meetings, only a few weeks after the MDG Summit, will create a great opportunity for leaders to take action on their plans by making significant contributions toward health MDGs 4, 5, and 6.

Stay tuned for more on ONE’s efforts around both of these meetings in the coming weeks and following the MDG Summit.