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[afro-nets] UNICEF Welcomes $1 Billion from Norway and Gates Foundation

UNICEF Welcomes $1 Billion from Norway, Gates Foundation for 10
Years of Vaccines

New York, Jan 26 2005 4:00PM

Major new donations from the Government of Norway and the Gates
Foundation to an immunization fund will give children in the six
dozen poorest countries access to newer, more expensive vaccines
over the next 10 years, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNI-
CEF) said today.

"This contribution is an extraordinary gift to children. We hope
that the leadership of the Gates Foundation and Norway inspires
other donors to step forward with multi-year commitments," UNI-
CEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said.

"Immunization in some ways is taken for granted these days, yet
it remains one of the most dynamic and evolving fields in public
health," she added.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave $750 million and Nor-
way $290 million to support the work of the Global Alliance for
Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) for which UNICEF does the buy-
ing. (

GAVI was launched in 2000 to try to stop 2 million deaths a year
in developing countries from diseases for which inoculations ex-
ist. It is one of several important immunization initiatives,
UNICEF said, such as the partnerships for measles and maternal
and neonatal tetanus elimination and the global partnership for
polio eradication. 

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