This month we are continuing our multi-month #VaccinesWork campaign. We are also celebrating International Development Week from February 2-8, and want to focus on the stories impact and how vaccines are making a real difference for people around the world. This means telling stories of change, like Gavi's work in fragile countries facing disease outbreaks, and stories of the people behind the fight to end polio, and the stories of survivors who have beaten life-threatening diseases. By connecting people with these stories it will help us generate the political will that we need to create change!
In order to tackle extreme poverty we need to make sure that every last child receives life-saving vaccines. With your help, we can ensure Canada remains a leader in global health by making strong financial commitments to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Ask #1: Canada to pledge $215 million over 4 years to GPEI.
Ask #2: Canada to pledge $600 million over 5 years to Gavi.
About GPEI: Polio mainly affects children under 5 years of age. As long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk. It is a disease that can frequently lead to permanent paralysis and sometimes death. Thanks to GPEI, the number of polio cases around the world has dropped from approximately 350,000 a year in 1988 to 33 in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2018. If we act boldly now, we can eradicate polio from the globe in the next few years.
About Gavi: As a critically important vaccine provider to the world’s poorest countries, Gavi has vaccinated 690 million children since 2000. It is estimated that up to 3 million lives are saved every year because of these increases in childhood immunizations. Over the next 5 years, let’s ensure that Gavi can continue to provide 18 different kinds of vaccines (such as the HPV Vaccine, the world’s first cancer preventing vaccine) to over 300 million children.
Latest campaign wins
Meet more of our immunization champions.
Feb 2-8: International Development Week
Feb 20: World Social Justice Day
Feb 29: Last day for Results Canada's National Conference early bird registration
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
International Development Week