Dr Okonjo-Iweala
Dr Okonjo-Iweala

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Gavi is the Vaccine Alliance, which brings together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to vaccines for children, wherever they live.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala
Dr Okonjo-Iweala

The Board is comprised of 18 “representative” seats, 9 seats for independent or “unaffiliated” individuals and one seat for Gavi’s CEO. The Board’s representative seats ensure that institutions and constituencies can provide formal input into the development of all Gavi’s policies and the management of its operations.

UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hold permanent seats on the Board. Constituency representatives serve on a time-limited basis.

An official of GAVI informed Per Second News that the International agency’s 2016–2020 mission is to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries guided by four strategic goals

Dr Okonjo-Iweala brings more than 30 years of development and financial expertise to the Gavi Board. She has twice served as Nigeria’s Finance Minister, most recently between 2011 and 2015 – a role that encompassed the expanded portfolio of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy. In 2006 she served as Foreign Affairs Minister. She has also held several key positions at the World Bank, including as Managing Director.

Source: www.persecondnews.com

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