In 2012, an estimated 6.6 million children around the world died before their fifth birthdays. Vaccines are some of the lowest-cost, highest-impact ways to help reduce these preventable child deaths, and yet today nearly 1 in 5 children around the world do not have access to these life-saving interventions. The GAVI Alliance (GAVI)—a public-private partnership formed in 2000—helps to ensure that more children can access the vaccines they need to stay healthy. Since 2000, GAVI has supported the immunization of 440 million children and has saved more than 6 million lives. But now it is facing a new challenge: raising an additional $7.5 billion to ensure that over the next five years, it can immunise an additional 300 million children and save more than 5 million additional lives.
So what does all of this have to do with the World Cup? As it turns out, quite a lot! Like the World Cup—with teams from six continents coming together to compete on a level playing field—GAVI is also a story about the world coming together: different donors, countries, activists, technical partners, and private companies joining forces to help deliver vaccines. As GAVI kicks off its fundraising effort, ONE’s new report “Going for Goal: Immunisation and the Case for GAVI” looks at each team playing in this summer’s World Cup (as well as a few others who didn’t make the cut), analysing their countries’ contributions to global immunisation efforts and offering up “pundit’s verdicts” for their future performance. It also spotlights GAVI’s “corporate sponsors,” and offers 5 key recommendations around vaccine financing, coverage, and equity that will help make GAVI’s game plan a success.
As we near the World Cup kick-off in Brazil, GAVI, its donors and its partners must begin to step up into the spotlight. Working together over the next five years, they can save more than 5 million children’s lives and ensure a healthy start for hundreds of millions more. Like the fans who tune in for the tournament, we will be watching and cheering on those who help to score this life-saving goal.
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