The GAVI Alliance – is a health partnership set up to increase access to immunisation in the world's poorest countries.
Since 2000, the GAVI Alliance has helped vaccinate over 288 million children and saved more than five million lives.
Every year, two million children die of diseases that can be prevented through vaccination – the vast majority of whom live in poor countries.
Pneumonia kills more than 1.2 million children under five in Africa and Southeast Asian countries each year.
Diarrhoea takes the lives of more than 1.3 million children around the world each year.
At the summit, international donors will come together to make the contributions needed to roll out vaccines which will protect against the two biggest killers of small children – pneumonia and diarrhoeal disease.
The UK is prepared to significantly step up its contribution to the GAVI Alliance, but needs other donors to do the same to meet the funding challenge and make sure hundreds of millions of children get the vaccinations they need.
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For the price of a cup of coffee you can vaccinate a child against five of the major childhood killers.
Every day the lives of 7,000 children are saved by vaccines. Vaccinations are proof positive that well spent aid save lives. They are one of the best and most cost effective health interventions that money can buy.
Andrew Mitchell, International Development Secretary
The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.
We are working to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), international targets agreed by the United Nations (UN) to halve world poverty by 2015.
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