President Mulatu Teshome PhD vowed to support the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). Hopes are that it will lead to more children gaining protection from diseases and thus save lives. Speaking at the event, he likened the program to investing in the future. “By investing in immunization we are protecting the future of our children across Ethiopia, enabling them to grow up healthy and giving them the chance to become productive adults,” Mulatu said at the National Palace on Tuesday April 22nd.
Since the year 2,000, with the support from donors and participating countries, the GAVI alliance has helped save approximately six million lives, including 440 million children, through immunization programs, according to a statement from GAVI. In 2011 donors committed USD7.4 billion to the work of the Global Alliance, during 2011-2015 which led to an unprecedented increase in vaccinations.
Ethiopia represents the second largest investment of the GAVI Alliance with more than USD720 million committed for vaccination programs to date. “Children across Ethiopia are benefiting from GAVI-supported vaccines today and this Presidential support underlines the importance of our mission,” GAVI Deputy CEO Helen Evans said.