GAVI Board Meeting, 21-22 June 2001, London, England
Injection Safety and the Vaccine Fund
Improving the safety of immunization programs is critical
to the mission of GAVI; in relation to other elements of immunization
programs, safety deserves special focus.
A long-term communication effort, led by WHO, UNICEF
and the GAVI Advocacy Task Force (ATF), will be necessary to increase
awareness of the severity of the problem of unsafe practices and
advocate for behavior change both among health providers and recipients.
The Task Force for Country Coordination should work
on new tools to monitor safety; as it develops guidelines for the
preparation of annual reports and midterm reviews, safety should
be highlighted with special emphasis.
Appropriate disposal of medical waste is an important
element of efforts to improve the safety of national immunization
programs and should be based on the principle that the "polluter
pays". Further research is necessary to develop environmentally
sound, reasonably priced methods for disposing of medical wastes.
- agreed that funds for AD syringes should be awarded
based on a review of the injection safety plan component of the
country application to GAVI; countries that have already been
approved will be assessed retroactively;
- requested that the Working Group communicate this
new policy to eligible countries
and that the ATF consider efforts to gain wider attention for
GAVIs commitment to safety.