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GAVI and the Vaccine Fund solicit proposals from countries

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and the the Vaccine Fund have just updated the guidelines and application forms for submission of proposals and invite eligible countries to submit proposals to the GAVI Secretariat. The closing date for the next round is 30 September 2002.

Proposal documents are provided here in English, French and Russian.

Available forms of support

Currently, the Vaccine Fund provides governments the following support: (1) new and under-used vaccines – currently hepB, Hib and yellow fever, (2) funding to help governments strengthen their basic immunization services, and (3) safe injection equipment in the form of auto-disable (AD) syringes and safe disposal boxes.


Only national governments may receive support from the Vaccine Fund (NGOs, research institutes, etc., are not eligible). Basic eligibility for support has been set according to national income: countries with GNP per capita below $1,000 – 74 in all – are eligible.

The general criteria for funding are:

  1. A well-functioning national mechanism to coordinate activities among health ministry, multilateral agencies, donors and other groups including NGOs (often called an Inter-agency Collaborating Committee, or ICC);
  2. A comprehensive assessment of the immunization program within the last three years; and
  3. A multi-year plan for routine immunization (incorporating recommendations of above-mentioned assessment).

In addition, based on a decision of the GAVI Board at its June 2001 meeting to place special emphasis on safety of immunization, a new general criterion has been added:

  1. Strategy for improving safety of injections in the immunization system.

Decisions about eligibility for the different forms of support (see above) is based on the countries’ DTP3* coverage rates as follows:

  • Immunization services funding
< 50%
  • New vaccines AND immunization services
  • New vaccines
> 80%
  • Injection safety equipment
all countries that have been approved for any kind of support

* Represents a full, three-dose cycle of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine under age 1.
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