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Citizens Must Hold Leaders Accountable For Childhood Immunization Funding Through GAVI

“In its Mid-Term Review report released October 14, GAVI announced it is on pace to avert four million future deaths by 2015,” Joan Awunyo-Akaba, the civil society representative on the GAVI Alliance Board, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece, adding, “This progress hinges on the continued efforts of donors to fulfill their pledges and continue signaling their support for GAVI.” In addition, “[r]ecipient countries must take the extra leap and make a concerted effort to develop viable plans for how they will sustainably finance immunizations in the long-term, so that gains made through GAVI can be sustained and built once countries ‘graduate’ from GAVI support,” Awunyo-Akaba continues. “Amidst shaky global economics, citizens around the world must vocalize to their leaders that continuing to fund the global fight against preventable child deaths is high on their own priority lists,” she writes, concluding, “Ultimately, we are all accountable to the children we have promised to save” (10/24).