Tell World Leaders: Support Vaccines for All!

Ahead of a June meeting of G8 leaders in London, UK, Save the Children is challenging member nations to ensure that no more impoverished children die of diseases that are easily preventable if only those children could be immunized in time.

Save the Children predicts that 4 million lives could be saved by 2015 if governments attending the vaccinations summit on June 13 pledge to fund an immunization drive led by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI).

GAVI estimates US$ 3.7 billion will be needed to scale-up immunization programs between 2011 and 2015.

Over the last decade, millions of children have been immunized — protection that is estimated to save around two and half million children every year.

But more children could be saved if only the so-called immunization gap was closed. 

More from the GAVI website on how those funds would be used:

Full GAVI funding would also enable the Alliance to immunise an additional 243 million children in the poorest countries with vaccines against pneumococcal disease, rotavirus, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), hepatitis B, and yellow fever, and ensure the complete roll-out of pentavalent vaccine. GAVI also aims to introduce new vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer in women, meningitis serogroup A, rubella, typhoid and Japanese encephalitis. In addition to its vaccine portfolio, GAVI provides support to country health systems to effectively deliver immunization.


GAVI has proven that it can achieve these results. Thanks to strong donor support, the GAVI Alliance has committed US$4 billion to country-led initiatives in the world’s poorest regions over the last decade. This enabled the Alliance to reach 288 million children with vaccines and save more than five million lives in its first decade of operations.

Investments in immunisation are among the best value for money in global health. Immunisation is a highly-cost-effective foundation for strong communities and economies. For every premature death averted as a result of childhood immunisation, millions more are protected from common but preventable diseases enabling them to lead healthy and productive lives.

Realistically, immunization isn’t a golden cure for all the ills extreme poverty creates. What the program can be is one tool in ensuring that no more children die from a disease that can be guarded against.

While G8 leaders have expressed support for GAVI through the process leading up to the June vaccinations forum, they may yet try and strike a compromise on the amount of money they provide.

When it comes to the health of children in some of the poorest places on Earth, there can be no compromise though.

Join Save the Children in asking World Leaders to support the GAVI program. Sign the petition below.


Photo used under the Creative Commons Attribution License, with thanks to the United Nations Developement Programme.


Manuela C.
Manuela C6 years ago

Already signed.

colleen prinssen
colleen p6 years ago

how good are everyone's studies on "omg diseased monkey tesiticals with poision is put in u body and they say it to save you life but it not"

how many other studies, or is this more of "I ate apple sauce, I threw up. apple sause is not good" or "some people are allergic to peanuts, thus peanuts are toxic"

how many controlled studies have their been that people do/did better with no vaccine?

so, someone who already has an auto immune issue, should not get a vaccine, that will kill them more than pnumina? how many of you here have "gotten stronger than a normal person" for surviving that if you got it as a baby?

it sucks you can't test on more people. moreso when its saving the 3rd world people. they can be our test subjects. everyone else is saying "we" are doing that anway.

get some people, get a town, make it civilized and clean. keep one filthy and vaccinate the filthy town people.
see if it matter much. that and give nets to the other.

or have 4 towns. and give one of the cleaner ones nets, and one of the poor dirty places a net.

see how much nets trump vaccine.

and to the people who don't vaccinate pets. what about for rabies?

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M6 years ago

Thanks for this article Steve. Petition already signed.
I believe in vaccinations for all children, to allow them healthy lives. There have been scares with drugs (vaccines), but in poorer countries the need is there.

Bernadette P.
berny p6 years ago

How about charity begins at home??????
I have seen what happen to children if they do not get I am all for it...under proper supervision.

Kelly Levans
Kelly Levans6 years ago

I agree with Zoe. Vaccines are good, but need to be done properly. Now I'm not sure if I want to sign this petition or not. I support vaccinations, but only if they're safe. How do I know the ones I'm signing for will be safe?

Zoe B.
Zoe B6 years ago

Let's be a little more catious about vaccination. It's a known fact that there is a history of experimenting with new vaccines (literally testing them) in third world countries. Forced vaccination might have been made illegal, but after the H1N1 epidemic, governments had been more or less FORCING these vaccines on us. ON looking into the vaccines, it turns out they're not fully tested, contain mercury, among other things, and were linked to epstien barr syndrome,among other neurological damage.
Sorry, but, we need to be feeding, clothing and getting water to these people for sanitation, and drinking. Testing drugs for big pharma payoffs is ethically wrong.
Then again, big pharma, and agri/chem have literally bought governments and orginastions out.

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda6 years ago

Signed. People have forgotten, it seems, how many children used to die before the age of vaccines.
I wonder how many realize what a scourge smallpox used to be. It has been eliminated totally by immunization. Whooping cough used to kill huge numbers of children. Now it is found only in those wh have avoided vaccination.

Polly pagan
Polly pagan6 years ago

no no no!!! vaccines are part of the depopulation agenda..mercury and other toxins in them are creating terrible diseases for children everywhere.ask yourself why since the increase in the number of vaccines forced upon children have they become sicklier,not healthier! also ask yourself,whilst we cannot afford to feed the hungry of the world we can always manage to vaccinate them,could it be because there is an agenda to bring harm and death them? research agenda 21.look up what it says on the georgia guide stones.and most of all wake up to how the world is really run.the elite want rid of the "useless eaters"

Robert Orlando
Past Member 6 years ago

The number of vaccinations given to children has more than doubled since the 1960s. We are vaccination crazy. Plus, over 90% of those people who do die from measles, chicken pox, etc. every year, were vaccinated. We really need to give this more thought and study, by Independent researchers, and not industry studies!!

Nimue Pendragon

Signed 17th May :)