Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, Public Policy and Confidence in Vaccines in Low and Middle Income Countries
Cox-Walford Room, Level 5 Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Department of Paediatrics, Royal Children's Hospital
50 Flemington Road
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Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective health interventions – it currently prevents 2 to 3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations is improved. Immunisation is a preventive, cost effective and high impact intervention that strengthens primary health care systems, providing a robust platform for achieving universal health coverage. It also supports the implementation of Agenda 2030, the global development plan that includes Sustainable Development Goals.
Susan Brown, Director of Public Policy Engagement at Gavi, will discuss Gavi’s role in galvanising political momentum in multilateral negotiations and international health dialogues to achieve progressive policy outcomes to reaching every child with immunisation. Susan will also discuss the emerging threat of vaccine hesitancy – the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines – which was identified in the top 10 threats to global health by the World Health Organization in 2019.