August 1, 2013 -- Support ‘Saving One Million Lives Initiative’
As part efforts to boost vaccine access and partnership with the federal government in tackling vaccine preventable diseases through scaling up routine immunization, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) has approved US$ 21 million to help improve vaccine supply chains in Nigeria.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GAVI, Mr. Seth Berkley, during a recent visit of a delegation of the Alliance to the Executive Director (ED)/CEO National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Ado Muhammad, said the funds will be used by the Agency to procure vital equipment for storing vaccines and to improve data collection, both of which have been identified as key pillars in protecting children’s lives as enshrined in the government’s Saving One Million Lives Initiative.
The ‘Saving One Million Lives Initiative,’ launched in 2012 by President Goodluck Jonathan, is a scheme aimed at expanding primary healthcare in Nigeria to significantly reduce mortality by 2015.
Muhammad said as part of this initiative, Nigeria has set the target to increase routine immunisation coverage to 87 per cent by the same period. This would provide more than six million children with protection against a range of deadly and debilitating vaccine preventable diseases, such as measles, meningitis, pneumonia, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, hepatitis, yellow fever and tuberculosis.
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