Closer to closing the gap
Part of IMA’s commitment to immunization includes working with and supporting Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Gavi is an international organization that brings together public and private sectors with a shared goal: to create equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries, according to its website, http://www.gavi.org.
IMA’s President and CEO Rick Santos serves on the Steering Committee for the Gavi Alliance’s Civil Society (CSO) Constituency, a relationship that shows IMA’s deep organizational commitment to the health and well-being of children and families worldwide.
Earlier this year, world leaders made a record-breaking commitment to protect the poorest children with vaccines. The new pledges, totalling US$ 7.5 billion, will enable countries to immunize an additional 300 million children, leading to 5 to 6 million premature deaths being averted and economic benefits of between US$ 80 and US$ 100 billion for developing countries through productivity gains and savings in treatment and transportation costs and caretaker wages, according to a Gavi press release.