Senegalese president opens vaccination meeting in Dakar

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade on Wednesday opened a workshop of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) here, attended by several hundreds of delegates, including 30 ministers of health and finance.
World Health Organisation's director general Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland and UNICEF's executive director Carol Bellamy are among high-ranking personalities at the four-day meeting.
Participants at the gathering will discuss strategies for vaccination coverage, the training of health personnel, logistical resources, the role of pharmaceutical companies and the safety of vaccines, among other issues.
Created in January 2000 in the Netherlands, GAVI is a partnership between the public and the private sector.
Its main objective is to extend children's access to vaccinations in poor countries.
GAVI's ambition is to raise vaccination cover to at least 80 percent in 80 percent of developing countries and to eradicate poliomyelitis between now and 2005.
Since its creation, GAVI has financed some 50 national vaccination programmes in conjunction with the World vaccination fund.

20 november 2002 21:48:00

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