GAVI aims to improve access to vaccines in Nigeria through supply chains project

Monday, July 29, 2013

Abuja – The GAVI Alliance has approved US$ 21 million to help improve vaccine supply chains in Nigeria as part of a partnership aimed at scaling up routine immunisation.

The funds will be used by Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development 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.

Saving One Million Lives Initiative

Launched in 2012 by President Goodluck Jonathan, the Saving One Million Lives Initiative is a scheme aimed at expanding primary healthcare in Nigeria to significantly reduce mortality by 2015.

As part of this initiative, Nigeria has set the target to increase routine immunisation coverage to 87% 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.

Source: Health Canal (link opens in a new window)

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