UNICEF lauds 4.3 bln USD pledge for children

08:28, June 15, 2011      

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday lauded the generosity and commitment of the donors at Monday's GAVI replenishment conference, saying such would benefit the lives of millions of the poorest and most vulnerable children around the world.

The total funding pledged 4.3 billion U.S. dollars signals a brighter future for children, UNICEF said in a statement issued to reporters in Abuja.

The GAVI Alliance (GAVI, formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) is a global health partnership between the private and public sectors, committed to the mission of saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing access to immunization in poor countries.

It said while 82 percent of the world's children receive vaccines, one child in five, those most vulnerable to disease and living in the hardest to reach communities, lack access to these lifesaving medicines.

The outcome of this pledging conference is exciting and tremendous news which will save millions of lives of the most threatened children around the world, A statement quoted Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, as saying.

"And UNICEF renews its pledge to redouble our own efforts to help governments and other partners deliver vaccines to the hardest to reach children," he added.

According to the statement, UNICEF, a founding member of GAVI, supplies nearly 60 percent of the world's children with vaccines.
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Source: Xinhua
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