1. Ghana vaccine launch trailer


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    In an unprecedented move for a GAVI-eligible country, on 26 April, 2012, Ghana will introduce two new vaccines at once into its routine immunisation system. Pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines will protect children against the leading causes of pneumonia and severe infant diarrhoea, two of the biggest killers of Ghanaian children. The vaccines are being introduced during World Immunisation Week by the Ministry of Health with support from the GAVI Alliance and its partners UNICEF, WHO and many generous donors, including governments and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Produced by Doune Porter Filmed and edited by Ryan Youngblood

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    • Working at Gavi


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      A short film in which staff and supporters of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI Alliance) including Bill Gates, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and David Cameron talk about GAVI's mission to save lives and protect people's health by increasing access to immunisation in developing countries. If you ever needed a good reason to want to join GAVI's staff, you will find it here. To see video profiles of GAVI's CEO Dr Seth Berkley and individual GAVI staff members please visit gavialliance.org/careers Director Mont Tombleson, Executive producer: Dan Thomas

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      • Lions Clubs International and GAVI Alliance join hands to fight measles


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        Hamburg, Germany, 8 July 2013 – The GAVI Alliance and Lions Clubs International today announced a unique partnership designed to protect tens of millions of children in the world’s poorest countries against measles, a highly infectious disease that kills an estimated 430 people every day, mostly in developing countries. Under the partnership, Lions Clubs – the world’s largest service club organisation – will deploy its network of 1.35 million volunteers to raise US$ 30 million and to improve access to vaccines through the GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership whose mission is to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in the world’s poorest countries. The funds raised by the Lions will be matched by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing the total to US$ 60 million. The announcement was made at the Lions Clubs’ 96th annual convention in Hamburg, Germany. “Lions Clubs International and its members are excited to continue our commitment to the fight against measles and rubella,” said Lions Clubs International Foundation Chair Wing-Kun Tam. “Through our joint efforts with GAVI and other partners, we will increase access to quality immunisation services at every level – globally, nationally and locally – to benefit children in developing countries.” Social mobilisation boost Lions Clubs and GAVI will work with ministries of health in developing countries to ensure children are vaccinated against measles and rubella. Lions will also play a key role in social mobilisation efforts by working work with local leaders, coordinating community-level publicity and serving as volunteers at vaccination centres. Measles kills about 160,000 people annually, mostly children under age five. GAVI provides the measles vaccine in a single shot with the vaccine against rubella (German measles). “This new partnership will bring us another step closer to effectively tackling measles and rubella, two serious infectious diseases,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance. “Teaming up with the vast network of Lions Clubs worldwide will allow GAVI to immunise more children with the measles-rubella vaccine, ultimately reducing the number of measles deaths and cases of Congenital Rubella Syndrome.” Through our joint efforts with GAVI and other partners, we will increase access to quality immunisation services at every level – globally, nationally and locally – to benefit children in developing countries Wing-Kun Tam, Lions Clubs International Foundation Chair Lions Clubs has committed to raise US $30 million for GAVI immunisation programmes by 2017, when Lions Clubs celebrates its 100th anniversary. Under the GAVI Matching Fund, the UK and Gates Foundation match contributions to GAVI from corporations, foundations, their members, customers, employees and business partners with a goal of raising US$ 260 million for immunisation through 2015. “We are grateful for the continued and generous commitment of Lions Clubs International and its members to improving the health of the world’s poorest children,” said Bill Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “This partnership will help us urgently reach all children, no matter where they live, with the vaccines they need.” The partnership makes Lions Clubs the largest member of the GAVI Matching Fund, which now has secured more than US$ 145 million in private sector gifts and donor matches. Lions Clubs is the Matching Fund’s 10th member.

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        • GAVI Alliance Interactive Projection Screen


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          Custom designed triple HD interactive screen with bespoke content creation for Bill Gates’ GAVI Alliance Conference in London. The conference raised a staggering $4.3 billion for a vaccination program which hopes to immunise more than 250 million of the world’s poorest children by 2015.

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          • Meningitis A in Burkina Faso (English language)


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            MenAfriVac, a new vaccine against Meningococcal Meningitis seroptype Nm A, is expected to prevent meningitis epidemics in Africa's "meningitis belt" of 25 countries that stretch from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east. Hit by epidemics every few years, the meningitis belt accounts for 95 percent of the world's meningococcal meningitis disease burden. The region's worst epidemic in recent times, the 1996 epidemic, hit more than 250,000 people in the region, killing 25,000 people and causing residual disability for 50,000 others. Besides the death and disability though, meningitis epidemics have a profound socio-political significance too. Epidemics frighten people away from work and cost large amounts of money to handle. Developed by the Meningitis Vaccine Project, a joint project of PATH and WHO, the vaccine was launched in Burkina Faso in November 2010. MenAfriVac costs less than 50 US cents per dose and is 95 percent effective. The GAVI Alliance is paying the overwhelming majority of costs to roll the vaccine out. If fully funded, GAVI expects to see 236 million people vaccinated with MenAfriVac in all 25 countries of the meningitis belt.

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            • New pneumococcal vaccines bring hope to parents in Yemen


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              Pneumonia is the leading killer of children under five in Yemen, with acute respiratory diseases accounting for 20 to 23 per cent of the country’s infant deaths. But that is set to change with the GAVI-supported introduction in January of a new vaccine against pneumococcal disease, the leading cause of pneumonia. From the first day of the vaccine launch, families flocked to health centers across the country, bringing their babies for protection against this killer disease. The Ministry of Health had ensured the vaccines would be available countrywide and had conducted a major information campaign so people would know about the vaccine. Pneumonia takes its highest toll among the poor, where access to health care is limited. In Yemen, poverty combines with deserts, a lack of roads and mountainous terrain, making it difficult to bring a sick child for medical help. Only half of Yemen’s population of more than 23 million has access to a health facility, so only the lucky ones are able to get medical treatment. Several times a year, outreach workers travel by four wheel drive vehicles, on bicycles and on foot to vaccinate those babies living far from any health facilities. All children will now be protected against dangerous childhood diseases, including pneumococcal disease. All routine vaccination is free. This vaccination saves children’s lives. By preventing disease, it will also save on medical costs for families in the grip of poverty. GAVI and its partners aim to assist in rolling out pneumococcal vaccines in more than 40 of the world’s poorest countries by 2015, which could avert approximately 700,000 deaths by 2015 and up to seven million deaths by 2030.

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              • Vaccinating against cervical cancer - HPV vaccines in Rwanda


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                Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in developing countries. Dubbed the 'silent killer', many women are unaware of the disease until too late. In countries where cervical cancer screening and treatment services are limited, prevention is key. The immunisation of adolescent girls with three shots of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines can prevent 70% of cervical cancer cases in adulthood. Rwanda is the first country in Africa to introduce HPV vaccines nationwide. Every year, thousands of adolescent girls across Rwanda are vaccinated. In a well coordinated programme integrated into mother and child health week, health workers, teachers, schools and health facilities mobilise to ensure that every girl is reached. The film covers the third round of HPV vaccines held in October 2012, and includes interviews with Dr Agnes Bingawaho, the Minister of Health, health workers, girls and a mother. Director and producer: Ryan Youngblood, Producer: Diane Summers, Executive Producer: Dan Thomas All copyright GAVI Alliance dthomas@gavialliance.org info@gavialliance.org

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                • Highlights from Ghana's vaccines launch on 26 April 2012


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                  On 26 April 2012, during World Immunization Week, mothers and babies, doctors and nurses, tribal elders and supporters from all over the world, came together in Independence Square, Accra, to celebrate the launch of two new vaccines to help protect children against two of the leading child killers – pneumonia and diarrhoea. As a sea breeze from the Bay of Guinea and brightly festooned tents provided respite from the sun, First Lady H.E. Dr Ernestina Naadu Mills told assembled guests that Ghana prides itself if being a pioneer and was proud to become the first African country to roll out these two life-saving vaccines at the same time. Globally, pneumonia and severe infant diarrhoea together take the lives of more than 2.7 million children under the age of five each year. In Ghana, these killer diseases together account for approximately 20% of the country’s under-five child mortality. The First Lady was joined by Ghana’s Minister of Health Hon. M Alban S. K. Bagbin, GAVI Alliance CEO Dr Seth Berkley, WHO Deputy Director General Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, UNICEF Country Representative Dr Iyabode Olusanmi and other international guests and donors at the special ceremony, where the first doses of the vaccines were administered to infants. “Today is a great day for Ghanaians as we have the opportunity to improve the lot of our children, who are our greatest resource. The future of our country lies in our children,” said the First Lady, who herself gave the first rotavirus vaccine dose. “Our children have been dying from these vaccine-preventable diseases for too long, but this moment begins a major fight back,” said Health Minister Hon. Alban S. K. Bagbin. “With these vaccines, we want to, and we will, achieve MDG4, the two-thirds reduction of our child mortality by 2015.” Ghana’s historic rollout marks a new milestone in a global initiative to reach children in developing countries with vaccines against the leading childhood killers. Pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines have respectively reached 17 and six GAVI-supported countries in the last couple of years, and are expected to reach more than 40 countries by 2015. “With the hard work and effort that has gone into this double launch, Ghana has established itself as a pioneer in the fight against pneumonia and diarrhoeal disease,” said GAVI CEO Seth Berkley, MD. “Today’s simultaneous launch marks yet another ambitious and encouraging step to make life-saving vaccines rapidly and efficiently available to the children who need them the most wherever they are born.” Ghana’s commitment to public health through immunisation has been consistently improving since 1978 when the Expanded Programme on Immunisation was launched. “Immunisation rates for infants in Ghana now stand at over 90%,” said Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, Deputy Director-General for WHO. “In addition to the strong routine immunisation programme, the country also conducts supplemental immunisation activities to reduce the incidence of diseases such as polio, measles and yellow fever.” By preventing disease, Ghana’s double launch will also prevent the time and cost of expensive medical care and treatment, contributing to poverty reduction and a growing economy. Treating rotavirus diarrhoea among children in Ghana, for example, costs the West African nation an estimated US$ 3.2 million per year. “The potential lifesaving impact of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines is enormous. However, at the heart of any successful intervention is positive behaviour change within communities,” said UNICEF Country Representative Dr Iyabode Olusanmi.

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                  • Sierra Leone - Mothers and doctors appeal for immunisation


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                    Pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines offer the opportunity could save as many as one million child lives every year. But rolling these new vaccines out to developing countries needs donor support. On 13 June, a Pledging Conference in London aims to raise the extra US$ 3.7 billion need for the GAVI Alliance's programme to immunise nearly a quarter billion children by 2015. Sierra Leone has one of the world's highest infant mortality rates. Mothers and doctors give an emotional appeal to donors to support two new vaccines to fight pneumonia and diarrhoea. Produced by Ryan Youngblood and Doune Porter Filmed and edited by Ryan Youngblood copyright GAVI Alliance June 2011

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                    • Kill or cure - Hepatitis B


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                      Part of a health series produced for BBC World. Hepatitis B is the most serious type of viral hepatitis and a major cause of liver cancer. Every year, 600,000 people die from hepatitis B-related causes. Kill or Cure goes to Cambodia where 1 in 10 people carry the Hepatitis B virus. Cambodia is the first country in the region to introduce mass vaccination of newborns and infants to try and break the cycle of infection.

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