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Summary of eligibility for support from GAVI and The Vaccine Fund


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 GNI per capita below $1,000 – 75 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).
  4. A strategy for improving safety of injections in the immunization system.

Available forms of support

Currently, the Vaccine Fund provides governments the following support:

  • Funding to improve health services
  • Safe injection materials
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine
  • Yellow fever vaccine
  • Support is provided based upon country proposals which are reviewed by an independent group of experts - most of whom are health officials from developing countries, providing peer review.

  • Countries that immunize more than 80 percent of children against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus - DTP3 - are eligible to receive new vaccines in addition to a modest implementation package.
  • Countries that immunize between 50 percent and 80 percent of children are eligible to receive the above as well as financial support to expand immunization services.
  • Countries with weak immunization services - where fewer than 50 percent of children are currently immunized with DTP3, are eligible to receive financial support to expand immunization services. DTP3 coverage must reach 50 percent before such countries are eligible to receive new vaccines.
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