On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, ACTION Secretariat Director Dr. Vineeta Gupta led a virtual conversation on how policymakers, civil society organizations (CSOs), government officials, and funders can create an integrated, equitable approach to immunization. The webinar was hosted by Gavi CSO Constituency in partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, RESULTS UK, ACTION, and Save the Children UK.
After the success of the Global Vaccine Summit 2020, we turn our attention to Gavi 5.0, which between 2021-2025 will aim to immunise an additional 300 million children with an emphasis of reaching children left furthest behind.
In 2018, 5.3 million children died under the age of five, and almost half of these deaths can be attributed to undernutrition. The world is substantially off-track to meet nutrition goals, and the COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbates this issue. In a vicious cycle, shocks to nutrition will increase vulnerability to illnesses, which, in the long-term, reduce chances to escape poverty cycles and may halt economic growth.
Urgent and scaled-up action, including new and increased financial resources for nutrition, is essential and cannot wait. We must invest in evidence-based and measurable nutrition actions that we know are most cost-effective, save the most lives, and are most sustainable. If we don’t act now, then we miss a key opportunity to transform the lives of millions of children and women and set the world on a different track.
Save the Children and ACTION's new policy brief Delivering on the Promise of Immunisation: How Far Have We Come? Gavi at 20 Years, looks deeper into the impact of immunization, and the importance of immunization equity through the assessment of five countries. In this new policy brief we explore the programmatic and financial challenges for health systems and immunization systems in the coming years, provide suggested approaches through PHC and DRM, and highlight risks and opportunities - showing that ultimately we are not being ambitious enough.
Donors pledged US$4.15 billion for nutrition-specific and $19 billion for nutrition-sensitive programs at the 2013 Nutrition for Growth (N4G) event. It was an essential step on the long-neglected road to support country-owned efforts to improve child nutrition. However, many of the pledges made at the London Summit are set to expire by 2020, and the world risks jeopardizing the progress made so far if global donors, governments, private sector, and civil society do not refocus and renew their pledges for 2021 and beyond. This fifth edition of the N4G scorecard presents sensible analysis of the 12 largest N4G donors and an "ask" for each for the Tokyo N4G Summit 2020.
RESULTS UK and ACTION’s new policy brief looks deeper into the country-level transition process — what planning has been done, what challenges identified, what financial gaps exist, and how changes will affect immunization systems. In this new policy briefing we see that immunization coverage rates on average are dangerously low, risks to immunization systems as funding changes are high, and plans are only likely to be partially implementable.
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