Decade of Vaccines (DoV) Collaboration calling on experts to participate in online consultation

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16 JANUARY 2012 | The Decade of Vaccines (DoV) Collaboration is working to develop an action plan — the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) — for how the international community can best use vaccines to save lives. Experts from across the world are invited to share their insights in the areas of research and development, delivery, public and political support, and access to vaccines through an online consultation.

Civil society, national governments, multilateral and bilateral organizations, industry, academia, and other stakeholders with a vital interest in vaccination and public health are all encouraged to contribute with insights to help realize the DoV vision, to save the lives of more than 8 million children by 2020.

Feedback is welcome from 16 January through 1 February 2012.

About the DoV Collaboration process

Efforts to fully realize the potential of vaccines — the best buy in public health — saw a turning point in 2010, when leaders in global health, including PMNCH members such as GAVI Alliance, UNICEF and WHO, joined a call by Bill & Melinda Gates for the next ten years to be the Decade of Vaccines (DoV), to extend the benefits of immunization to all people.

Working toward this vision, the DoV Collaboration was launched at the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly in May 2011 as a time-limited consultation process, the success of which depends on the commitment and active engagement of organizations and individuals around the world.

The first countries’ consultation took place in Windhoek, Namibia, on 8 December, when a DoV Collaboration consultation session was included as part of the 3rd Annual Regional Conference on Immunization (ARCI), with approximately 180 stakeholders, including country representatives, civil society, research institutions, the private sector and donors from the African region. The consultation provided valuable input to the GVAP and, in particular, specific suggestions on how to make progress at the national level and improve accountability in the years to come.

The next regional DoV consultation event for Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa will take place in Rabat, Morocco, on 25-26 January, and a briefing meeting has also been planned by UNICEF in New York City on 19 January.