Examining GAVI Alliance Policy For Gender Equality In Global Vaccination Programs

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Dagfinn Høybråten, chair of the GAVI Alliance Board, examines the issue of gender equality in global vaccination programs. “The GAVI Board approved a gender policy in 2008 with the goal of promoting increased coverage, effectiveness and efficiency of immunization and related health services by ensuring that all girls and boys, women and men, receive equal access to these services,” a “vital part of the on-going discussion about equality of access to immunization and health services,” he notes. “As part of our commitment to gender equality, GAVI has reviewed and is now publicly requesting feedback on the revised policy from our partners and other interested parties,” he continues and provides a link to GAVI’s draft revised gender policy where readers can contribute ideas and feedback (8/9).