To strengthen health systems and raise awareness of immunisation across Africa, UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa Group has launched a new partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
The Chief Executive Officer, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Dr. Seth Berkley, who revealed that the initiative will start in Nigeria in 2018 said “we are delighted to work with the UBA Foundation to help protect children across Nigeria against some of the world’s deadliest diseases”.
He noted that “strong sustainable health systems are key to ensuring no child misses out on life saving vaccines which is why this partnership will make a real difference, reducing child mortality and helping to meet the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030”.
UBA Foundation aims to raise $1.5 million over the next two years by leveraging UBA’s network of partners to support Gavi’s immunisation programmes in Nigeria, which has one of the lowest vaccine coverage rates in the world.
Chairman of UBA Foundation, Kennedy Uzoka said “the United Bank for Africa and the UBA Foundation have been impacting lives positively in Nigeria and across the African continent for several decades, and this is another opportunity to make a difference in the lives of millions of Africans”.
Kennedy added that “we are proud of this partnership with Gavi which will run until the end of 2020, with both institutions focused on the overall aim to provide innovative solutions that can increase the capacity of healthcare systems in Nigeria and across Africa”.
Through Gavi’s programmes, over 14 million children have been vaccinated in Nigeria against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. If the country meets its target for vaccine coverage, it will prevent at least one million deaths by 2028.
Dr Berkley revealed that ‘Nigeria needs to invest more domestic resources in health and immunisation. The private sector can be a crucial partner to help leverage expertise and provide new solutions to ensure children across Nigeria have the opportunity to live long healthy lives”.