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attend your MP’s community event

Over the summer, there are many opportunities to connect with your Member of Parliament (MP) in your community. Take advantage of these community events to informally meet with your MP to discuss the issues that matter to you, like immunization.

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If you want to look at what immunization can do, look at the span of a generation. I would be an example, as I am a mother of two, who is now more confident that my kids will have a better future.

- Dr. Mekdes Daba, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health

Thousands of miles from Dr. Daba, in Malawi, another mother, Mary Kaluwa, has witnessed the devastating impact of malaria on her community. She has seen children die or suffer severe complications from the disease, which claims a child’s life nearly every minute in Africa. Her own young children were born in an era when Malawi, with support from global health initiatives, successfully rolled out one of the world’s first malaria vaccines. This recent life-saving intervention has given her children a fighting chance against the disease.

Immunization is the single greatest contribution of any health intervention to ensure babies not only see their first birthdays but continue leading healthy lives into adulthood. Over the past 50 years, vaccines have saved close to 154 million lives around the world. That’s six lives saved every minute. Children today are surviving more than ever before, with the global under-5 mortality rate declining by 51% since 2000.

Behind these numbers are stories of mothers like Mary who are fighting for a better future for their children, midwives who ensure women safely deliver their newborns, and voluntary health workers who support communities to ensure children have access to health and nutrition. The progress we see today is the result of decades of commitment by individuals, communities, and nations to reach children with low-cost, quality, and effective healthcare. Our understanding of maternal and child health has advanced more in the past decade than in the entire century before it.

The next five years hold the potential for groundbreaking advancements in immunization, comparable to those of the 1980s. Canada has the opportunity to be a driving force in making this happen.

The ask: We call on Canada to invest #ForOurFuture by ensuring that life-saving vaccines #ReachEveryChild. Canada must support the scale-up of existing vaccines and the access to new, exciting innovations by making a pledge of at least $CAD 720 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s 2026-2030 Strategy and to continue to support the eradication of polio by committing $CAD 50 million per year to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative over the next three years.

breakthroughs and opportunities in immunization

  • For the first time, vaccines to fight malaria, an illness that remains the leading cause of death for children in many African countries, is being deployed.
  • Numerous countries have committed to scaling up and vaccinating millions of girls against human papillomavirus (HPV), an effort that could see us defeat cervical cancer.
  • In countries affected by polio, we now see positive trends that were once seen in places now polio-free. They suggest that, not only did we enter the last mile, but that the finish line is in sight.
  • Clinical trials for a new tuberculosis vaccine are now in their final stage. If they prove as effective as expected, the first vaccine in over 100 years could provide protection against the world's deadliest infectious disease beyond childhood.
  • Research indicates that, between 2021 and 2030, an estimated 50 million future deaths will be averted by vaccination against 14 key infectious agents if coverage targets are met.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the great inequity between vaccine-producing countries and those that rely on imports. To ensure that Africa is better equipped for a future pandemic, a new financial mechanism – the African Vaccine Manufacturing Accelerator – will support the development and regional diversification of vaccine production.


why some children still miss out on vaccines

Despite these recent immunization successes, now is not the time to become complacent. We can’t afford to ease up the pressure when each year over 14 million infants still go without a single vaccine and more than 6 million others miss out on routine immunizations. These children are at risk of having their lives cut short by preventable illnesses including pneumonia and malaria which remain leading global killers of children under 5. And many of those who fall ill but survive will have their lives changed forever.

Today, a significant proportion of children who still lack essential vaccines live in communities poorly served by health services due to political or geographical barriers. While the world is still recovering from the delays in routine immunizations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, escalating conflicts and instability, migration, and changing population patterns create new challenges in reaching under-served communities. In addition, not only does the multiplication of climate shocks, like droughts and floods, make vaccine delivery more challenging, but they also increase the vulnerabilities to certain diseases, such as malaria, dengue, or cholera.

who are the zero-dose children? 

  • 4.9 million children under 5 die from preventable causes each year.
  • Between 2019 and 2021, 67 million children missed out partially or entirely on routine immunizations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • It is estimated that 2 out of 5 unvaccinated children live in fragile or conflict-affected contexts. 
  • Many others are deprived of vaccination because they live in remote rural areas or informal urban settlements
  • Zero-dose children are also likely to suffer from malnutrition. With weaker immune systems, they are even more vulnerable to infectious diseases.
  • Women and girls are often overlooked at the time of routine immunization because of gender norms that limit their access to healthcare facilities or their decision-making power.
  • Yet, women and girls are also at greater risk of certain diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. This is the case of cervical cancer, which could be the first cancer to be eliminated with increased access to HPV vaccination in low-income countries. But at the moment, only 1 in 8 eligible girls has received the HPV vaccine.

While these challenges are significant, we already know that solutions exist. Our multi-month campaign begins in July, following the Global Forum for Vaccine Sovereignty and Innovation, where Gavi unveiled its plans for the next five years. The Vaccine Alliance is asking donor countries to contribute the necessary financial resources to reach the remaining zero-dose children and scale up access to new vaccines. Of the total CAD$ 9 billion required, Gavi is asking Canada to contribute at least CAD$ 720 million. Between now and the end of the campaign, symbolized by Gavi's replenishment conference, we'll be exploring the various challenges, the solutions that Canada can help implement and how they tie in with our country’s policy commitments.


how Gavi and GPEI improve children's lives

Where you are born shouldn't determine whether you live. Global health initiatives like Gavi and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) were created to correct this inequity by making vaccines more accessible and affordable.

After a decade of stalled progress, Gavi was founded in 2000 to support the expansion of the World Health Organization’s work on access to critical vaccines. This private-public partnership brings together multilateral partners, foundations, the private sector, donor governments, civil society organizations, and implementing countries. With the support of donors, Gavi takes on part of the cost of vaccines to create a production incentive and secure the supply. This co-financing policy helps low-income countries afford essential vaccines.

GPEI is another public-private partnership – smaller but complementary to Gavi’s work. It was created in 1988 to eradicate polio by accelerating access to vaccines. Since GPEI was founded, vaccination has enabled 20 million people to avoid being paralyzed by polio.
While GPEI aims to eradicate polio and build strong surveillance systems, Gavi’s work with countries to strengthen their health systems will ensure that eradication is sustainable.

Canada, a global health champion

  • Canada has made major, long-term commitments to women's and children's health, starting with the Muskoka Initiative for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health from 2010-2020, and followed by the current 10-year Commitment to Global Heath and Rights from 2020-2030.    
  • Canada was among the first donors to support Gavi’s mission. Through its investments, Canada has helped Gavi immunize over 1 billion children since 2000 and bring child deaths down by 70% in Gavi-supported lower-income countries.
  • Canada’s pledges have also supported Gavi’s work to drive down the cost of fully immunizing babies against life-threatening diseases by 60%.
  • Canada was the first country to contribute to the global effort to eradicate polio in 1986 and Justin Trudeau pledged to support GPEI’s mission until the end goal.
  • By sitting on the boards of Gavi and GPEI, Canada is helping to make their interventions more inclusive, equitable and gender-sensitive.

By supporting Gavi’s 2026-2030 strategy, Canada can help reach 500 million more children with routine immunization, prevent 1.5 million women and girls from dying from cervical cancer, support the vaccination of 50 million children against malaria, support countries’ resilience to future pandemic and climate shocks.

Canada's current commitment to GPEI came to an end this year. Renewed support is essential to maintain hard-won gains in regions that are now polio-free and achieve eradication. Thanks to the efforts of GPEI and Canada’s support, wild polio virus (WPV) cases have been reduced by 99.9% since 1988, and transmission is now limited to a few regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. But another type of the virus is still found in parts of Nigeria, DRC, Somalia and Yemen.

A few weeks ago, Gavi, the African Union and France launched the African Vaccine Manufacturing Accelerator (AVMA), an initiative that will enable the continent to be more independent in its vaccine production and more efficient in its distribution. We were proud to see Minister Hussen announce a major contribution of CAD$ 85 million and celebrated that victory! AVMA is an essential piece of global immunization support, but we must make sure that it is accompanied by ambitious support for Gavi and GPEI.

Ensuring every child receives access to life-saving vaccines not only secures their future but also sets the stage for a healthier, more resilient world for generations to come.

The ask: We call on Canada to invest #ForOurFuture by ensuring that life-saving vaccines #ReachEveryChild. Canada must support the scale-up of existing vaccines and the access to new, exciting innovations by making a pledge of at least $CAD 720 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s 2026-2030 Strategy and to continue to support the eradication of polio by committing $CAD 50 million per year to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative over the next three years.

latest campaign news

ChampionChildrenInEmergencies:

  • In November and December 2023, Results volunteers called on Canada to commit $500 million over 5 years at the Global Refugee Forum (GRF) to restore access to quality education for girls, refugees, internally displaced children and those living with disabilities in emergencies. At the time, we were disappointed that no new financial commitment had been announced at the GRF. But, on June 14th, we were delighted to hear from the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, that Canada would fund the Refugee Education Council’s (REC) Phase II with a new investment of $450,000 over 3 years. Thanks to this support, the REC – made up of 12 youth with lived experience of forced displacement – will continue to advise decision-makers at the national and international levels on the best ways to support access to quality education for the most marginalized children and youth.

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Gavi in Tanzania

Mr. Chuma Bakari, a Community Health Worker in Kinondoni Municipality in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania raising awareness about HPV vaccine among school children at Kambange Primary School in Dar es Salaam. Credit: Syriacus Buguzi. Source: Gavi.

5 years ago, when the HPV vaccine was first introduced in Tanzania, the East African country had the fourth highest incidence of cervical cancer in the world.

Last April, with the support of Gavi and partners, the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and community health workers reached close to 5 million girls with HPV vaccines in only one week!

This success was also made possible by the local research conducted in Tanzania to assess the effectiveness of a single-dose HPV vaccine.

GPEI in Pakistan

Health worker Shahida Saleem sits outside her house in Fatehpur, Rajanpur district during a polio campaign in September 2022. © WHO/Pakistan

While Pakistan is closer than ever to polio eradication, its incredible progress is now threatened by increasingly frequent heatwaves, floods, and droughts.

To respond to climate shocks and prevent setbacks in this country deeply affected by the climate crisis, GPEI has taken measures to adapt its activities, protect its infrastructures and support the polio workers.

video

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Government of France and the African Union – together with Team Europe partners – announce The Global Forum for Vaccine Sovereignty and Innovation.

 

key dates

July 4: National Call
July 15: Youth Skills Day
July 24: Global immunization webinar
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