IMA World Health President and CEO Rick Santos is proud to have served on the Gavi Civil Society Organization’s Steering Committee for three years. As that term was ending, he was asked to serve as chair of the Oversight Advisory Group, which oversees three Gavi-funded projects to build national immunization platforms in 25 countries, and a regional West African Francophone platform.
Civil society organizations like IMA World Health play a crucial role in immunization, and in ending preventable maternal mortality and child deaths. IMA joins more than 3,000 CSOs worldwide in forming the Gavi CSO Constituency for Immunisation and Stronger Health Systems to advocate for increased access to immunization and health services.
Santos served as vice-chair of the steering committee during the final year of his term. In his new role, Santos will continue to work with the steering committee and the larger constituency through the end of 2018.
The Gavi CSO Constituency is a diverse network of civil society organizations motivated to support the mission of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Each of the 18 CSOs represented on the steering committee brings a unique and valuable perspective to the work of the alliance, as well as important organizational resources to support Gavi’s mission. Each organization also plays a different part in ensuring vaccines reach children.