Amref Health Africa named by Gavi as new Civil Society Organization (CSO) Host – Global

  • The Gavi CSO Constituency is a diverse group of over 4,000 CSOs from around the world working to ensure that every child and every person benefits from immunization.

  • As host of Gavi CSO, Amref will mobilize and support civil society organizations working to strengthen health systems and provide immunization services to underserved communities.

  • Amref Health Africa is the first organization located in a lower middle income country to host the CSO platform

Geneva, April 27, 2022 – As part of this year’s World Immunization Week, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Amref Health Africa and Gavi’s Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Steering Committee announced a new partnership to leverage all the potential of civil society to deliver on Gavi’s ambitious mission to leave no one behind with immunization.

The announcement builds on the momentum created by a Gavi Board-endorsed initiative to support and empower civil society organizations and communities to identify and reach underserved and missed communities . This includes a requirement for all Gavi-supported countries to allocate at least ten percent of their combined Health System Strengthening (HSS), Equity Acceleration Funding (EAF) and Targeted Assistance ceilings to countries (TCA) for activities undertaken by partner CSOs.

This decision makes Amref Health Africa the first organization located in a lower-middle-income country to host the CSO platform. Additionally, coordinating these activities from Kenya – a country eligible for Gavi support – is a unique opportunity to meaningfully include beneficiary communities and their representatives in the design and implementation of immunization policies and programs. .

“Civil society organizations play a critical role in supporting communities and health systems, and Amref has been at the heart of working with different governments to increase sustainable access to health for communities that otherwise , would be deprived of these essential services,” said Dr Githinji Gitahi, Group Chief Executive Officer, Amref Health Africa. “Hosting the Gavi CSO Constituency is an exciting opportunity for Amref to support the global global immunization agenda – IA2030 – by broadening and deepening civil society engagement with key stakeholders, including leaders of government, multilateral partners, private sector organizations and grassroots communities.

“Civil society organizations are key to reaching the most marginalized because they understand the specific needs and context of these populations and are trusted by the communities we are trying to serve,” said Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO, Gavi , the Vaccine Alliance. “We rely on Amref and civil society partners to help us build political commitment and accountability, build trust in vaccines and support immunization service delivery so that no one is left behind. account.

Amref will provide strategic advisory services to the Gavi CSO Steering Committee and support capacity building efforts promoted by the Gavi Secretariat across the CSO constituency for county-led engagement and implementation. Amref will also ensure coordination between the Gavi Secretariat, the Gavi CSO Steering Committee and the constituency and manage communications on key issues relevant to the civil society immunization community.

“No community should be left behind. The Gavi Civil Society Constituency is excited about the partnership between Gavi and Amref – the first Southern Hemisphere host for the Gavi CSO Steering Committee. The Gavi 5.0 program is ambitious and we are fully committed to its success,” said Dr Sheetal Sharma, current Chair of the Gavi CSO Steering Committee. Civil society will continue to amplify community voices and work with all partners at global, regional, national and subnational levels to ensure that immunization remains a critical intervention to achieve existing global health goals,” he said. she adds.

Amref’s hosting appointment is effective from January 1, 2022 for a period of 3 years ending in 2024.

Notes to Editors

The selection of Amref Health Africa as Gavi’s new civil society organization (CSO) host follows a competitive process, beginning with a Request for Proposals posted on the Gavi website on July 14, 2021. The final selection was made by consensus by Gavi members. Secretariat and the Gavi CSO Steering Committee/Collective.
The Gavi CSO Constituency and its Steering Committee are independent from the Gavi host civil society organization (CSO) and have appointed members for representation.
Amref succeeds the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), which completed its hosting mandate on December 31, 2021 after ten years.

About Amref Health Africa

Amref Health Africa, headquartered in Kenya, is the largest international non-governmental organization (INGO) based in Africa. With a focus on increasing sustainable access to health, Amref operates programs in more than 35 countries across Africa, with lessons learned over 60 years of engagement with governments, communities and the partners. Amref Health Africa also engages in program development, fundraising, partnership, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, and has offices in Europe and North America as well as subsidiaries: Amref Flying Doctors , Amref Enterprises and Amref International University.

Amref Health Africa is hailed as one of the largest international health development agencies based in Africa with extensive skills, knowledge and experience in health development.

About the Gavi Group of CSOs

Gavid’s CSO constituency is made up of over 450 CSO members from around the world. Current Gavi CSO Constituency organizations range from large international and regional NGOs to local and national CSOs. The constituency also includes a growing number of national pediatric associations and NGO consortia as well as more technical and service delivery-oriented agencies. The Gavi-supported national CSO platforms for immunization and health systems provide an important foundation for the CSO constituency. Country-level platforms or networks are members of the Gavi Civil Society Group. For more information, contact: Program Manager: [email protected]

Learn more about About Gavi CSO Constituency

About Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership helping to immunize half of the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped immunize an entire generation – more than 888 million children – and averted more than 15 million future deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 low-income countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting health systems and funding global vaccine stocks against Ebola, cholera, meningitis and yellow fever. After two decades of progress, Gavi is now focused on protecting the next generation and the unvaccinated children who are still being left behind, using innovative financing and the latest technology – from drones to biometrics – to save millions lives, prevent epidemics before they spread and help countries on the road to self-sufficiency. To learn more, visit and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Gavi is co-host of COVAX, the vaccine pillar of the COVID-19 Access to Tools Accelerator (ACT), in collaboration with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) . In his role, Gavi focuses on procurement and delivery for COVAX: coordinating the design, implementation and administration of the COVAX Facility and the Gavi COVAX AMC and working with its Alliance partners, UNICEF and WHO, as well as with governments, on country readiness and delivery.

The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing countries and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Foundation Gates and other private sector partners. See the full list of donor governments and other leading organizations funding Gavi’s work here.


Elizabeth (Lizz) Ntonjira, Amref Health Africa
Director of Global Communications
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Cirũ Kariũki, Gavi
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