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How you and your organization can work towards the goal of immunizing every child


  • Help immunize your employees and their families by offering immunization days at your premises, or by sponsoring local immunization activities; urge employees to learn about immunization and to immunize their children and themselves when necessary.
  • Learn more about how immunization can increase productivity, help create a more capable future workforce and help people escape from poverty.
  • Determine the immunization needs and successes of countries in which you do business and particularly those in which you have operations.
  • Support immunization efforts through contributions of corporate philanthropic funds; allocate a percentage of your annual profits to local immunization and vaccination initiatives with GAVI.
  • Encourage and recognize employee participation in volunteer programs aimed at increasing immunization coverage.
  • Develop and participate in advocacy and advertising campaigns to promote immunization in the countries where you work.
  • Contact GAVI to discuss ways to offer goods or advice, make donations, or support local efforts.


  • Incorporate age-appropriate information about immunization into school curricula.
  • Provide take-home materials on vaccines and immunization that your students can share with their families; use school meetings or events to help further educate parents about the importance of immunization.
  • Help your students organize campaigns in their communities to educate their peers about the importance of immunization.

Policy makers: Donor nations

  • Make funding for immunization a top priority in public health and economic development loans and grants in your bilateral programs.
  • Contact GAVI to support the work of the Alliance.
  • Support GAVI with logistical aid and other in-kind contributions (transportation, broadcast and media help).

National Health Authorities

  • Make universal childhood immunization with all appropriate vaccines a national priority.
  • Set up National Immunization Coordination Committees, with participation from leading national, bilateral and multi-lateral organizations.
  • Consider approaching GAVI and other funding sources for assistance in making vaccines accessible to children.
  • Make immunization a topic of high-level discussions at national forums.
  • Organize information and social mobilization campaigns to educate the public about immunization.


  • Stay current on the vaccine and immunization front by visiting GAVI and GAVI-partner web sites regularly.
  • Participate in a field visit with one of the GAVI partner organizations (i.e., UNICEF, WHO, The World Bank) to see first-hand the impact of immunization and report back to your audiences.

Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Contact GAVI to discuss ways your organization can contribute.
  • Collaborate with government and other development partners to strengthen immunization with all appropriate vaccines at the local level.
  • Ensure that the cause of universal immunization is a top priority with your audiences.

Philanthropists, Trusts and Foundations

  • Become knowledgeable about vaccines and immunization and the role they play in world health and economic development.
  • Consider contributing to the Vaccine Fund or other efforts in support of immunization.
  • Help GAVI advocate for higher immunization rates around the world, and for the development of new vaccines that are especially relevant to the nations of the developing world.

Young People

  • Learn more about vaccines and immunization by visiting the GAVI web site or other partner sites.
  • Create your own group such as the "Youth Immunization Advocates" to educate your peers about the importance of immunization.
  • Raise money for the Vaccine Fund.

To find out more about GAVI and how to contribute to its goals, please contact:

Lisa Jacobs
GAVI Secretariat
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Tel: 41.22.909.50.42
Fax: 41.22.909.59.31

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