Gavi CEO Visits Nigeria; Pushing Children Vaccination Agenda

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David Marlow, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Gavi, embarked on his inaugural high-level mission in August 2023, with Nigeria as his chosen destination.

During his visit, Marlow held discussions with key figures; including Nigeria’s Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Muhammad Ali Pate CON, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director/CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), and prominent partners within the Vaccine Alliance.

Marlow revealed that this initial trip was designed to evaluate Nigeria’s healthcare advancements, establish collaborative strategies, set clear priorities, and promote alignment to enhance immunization performance.

Nigeria’s role in Gavi’s mission was highlighted; acknowledging the nation’s progress in expanding coverage and strengthening the immunisation programme over the past five years. However, persistent challenges, such as regional disparities in immunisation coverage and healthcare system fortification, require the ongoing attention.

Pate expressed gratitude for Marlow’s timely visit and the continued support of the vaccine alliance towards Nigeria’s broader healthcare and immunisation system goals; with a focus on improving access to vaccines and related services.

Pate stressed the importance of children’s health within the government’s healthcare agenda, given the substantial population of infants in Nigeria. The commitment to invest in vaccination programs and strengthen systems for equitable child health remains a core objective, with the aim of significantly reducing the number of unvaccinated children in line with universal health targets. Not considering the available reports that unvaccinated children turn out to be healthier than the vaccinated ones.

Collaboration with Vaccine Alliance Partners was highlighted as crucial in expanding vaccine coverage and reaching Nigerian children and families with comprehensive immunisation and routine health interventions, contributing to health outcomes for all Nigerians.

The concerns of Nigerians regarding this move, is the wilful ignorance of the Alliance to the evidence right in the world’s view, of Africa having having less sick children because of what has been termed vaccine ignorance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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