GAVI - The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization

1 April 2001

Media Advisory


WHO: Bill Gates Sr., Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Carol Bellamy, Executive Director United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
WHEN: Friday, 6 April 2001
WHERE: Mozambique, Africa ­ Bill Gates Sr. and Carol Bellamy will travel from the capital city Maputo to Boane District Health Clinic in Maputo Province.
WHAT: The Gates and Bellamy visit celebrates the arrival of the first vaccines to Africa contributed by The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and The Vaccine Fund. Gates and Bellamy will present the first boxes of DTP-hepB vaccines to Mozambique's President Joaquim Chissano and also see the very first children being immunized with the new vaccines. The DTP-hepB vaccines will be used to immunize children against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and hepatitis B.
WHY: GAVI/The Vaccine Fund estimates that 2 million children die every year because they lack access to immunization. Hepatitis B claims one million adult lives a year due to poor childhood immunisation against the disease. The GAVI/Global Fund contribution to Mozambique consists of 1,3 million doses of DTP-hepB with an estimated value of $1.5 million. In addition, Mozambique will receive $462,000 to strengthen the country's immunization services and a supply of auto-disable syringes and safety boxes.

For further information or to arrange interviews please contact:

Yasmin Zaman,
New York,
tel: (+258) 1 490 023
Joseldo Massango,
tel: (+258) 1 490 023
or mobile 082 324 903
Dr. Martinho Dgedge,
Ministry of Health,
tel: (+258) 1 1 421 738
Annemarie Hou,
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
tel: (+1) 206 709 3265
or mobile (+1) 206 709 3265

Note to Editors: A full list of spokespersons is also available with other key GAVI and Global Fund partners.

Further information:

  • More about GAVI

  • The Vaccine Fund


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