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Silberhorn announces that Germany will host next GAVI pledging conference

300 million more children to be vaccinated worldwide

Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer of the GAVI Alliance (right)

20.05.2014 |

Brussels – Germany is offering to host the Gavi Alliance's pledging conference for the 2016–2020 funding cycle. Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, announced the German offer today at the replenishment launch meeting in Brussels.

"The Gavi Alliance is doing magnificent work – it has immunised some 440 million children to date, thus protecting them from life-threatening diseases," said Silberhorn. "Vaccinations not only avert suffering and save lives, they also reduce the pressure on families and health systems – both overall and in terms of the financial burden. Thus, they contribute to sus­tain­able social and economic de­vel­op­ment.

The reduction of polio and measles are true success stories, even if the im­por­tant goal of eradicating these two diseases has not yet been reached.

We all know that there is still a great deal to be done. In 2012, there were 6.6 million deaths among the under-fives – many of them as a result of preventable or easily curable diseases. That is why we need to do everything in our power to support Gavi's goal of vaccinating another 300 million children by 2020."

The BMZ invests roughly 700 million euros a year for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion in the health sector. These funds are used for bilateral activities and channelled through multilateral organisations or global initiatives such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Gavi.

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