This week, APPG Chair Dr Philippa Whitford MP visited Geneva to meet with key immunisation and global health organisations.
There are multiple global milestones for immunisation over the next 18 months that will set the course for improving immunisation coverage and equity globally, and this was a key opportunity to share our latest report ‘The Next Decade of Vaccines” with key stakeholders.
Dr Philippa met with Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, as well as several other teams within Gavi, including the Health Systems and Immunisation Strengthening and Immunisation Financing and Sustainability teams.
Following this, Dr Philippa also had meetings with the Head of the Global Funds Department at the Department for International Development; the Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organisation (WHO); the Head of the WHO Polio Transition Team; and a Senior Specialist at the Global Fund to Fight TB, AIDs and Malaria.
On the second day of meetings, the APPG joined with the Chairs of the APPG on Nutrition for Growth, David Linden MP and Lord Collins of Highbury, to conduct joint meetings on primary health and universal health coverage. The objectives of the APPG Vaccinations for All and APPG on Nutrition for Growth are inextricably linked, with more than half of under-five child deaths are due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions, such as vaccination and good nutrition. The three APPG Chairs met with UHC2030 and the Deputy Director-General of the WHO, Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab.