Replenishment of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in January
One major step was that the BMZ succeeded in making sure that Germany would host the replenishment conference for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in January, at the beginning of its G7 Presidency. This was a major success and an important G7 contribution to child health. Pledges at the conference actually exceeded the envisaged replenishment target of 7.5 billion US dollars. Over the next few years, more than 300 million children worldwide can be immunised thanks to these pledges. We want to ensure that, by 2030, no more children will die from preventable diseases. The G7 are thus sending an important signal that those Millennium Development Goals that have not yet been achieved, such as reducing maternal and child mortality, will continue to be pursued with great vigour after 2015.
Gavi is an alliance of the governments of donor and developing countries, private enterprises, international organisations, foundations and civil society. The BMZ hosted the conference; Chancellor Merkel was its patron.
Immunisation saves lives. It is one of the most effective ways of preventing infectious diseases. To date, Gavi programmes have led to more than 500 million children being immunised and thus protected against life-threatening diseases. The German government has scaled up its contribution to Gavi significantly, to a total of 600 million euros for the period up to 2020.