Critically examine the contribution of Gavi towards India's immunisation programme.
In January 2016, the government of India and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, have announced a partnership to save lives of millions of Indian children by increased access to vaccines.
Gavi is a global vaccine alliance created in 2000 which brings together public and private sectors with a goal to provide equal access to new and underused vaccines to children in poorest countries of the world.
Gavi has been supporting India’s immunisation programme since 2002. Gavi provides funding to India to strengthen its health system. Currently, Gavi supports pentavalent vaccine which offers protection against five diseases (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP), hepatitis B, and Haemophilius
influenzae type b). During the period 2000-15, Gavi has provided more than USD 240 million to help India to provide immunisation to its children against life-threatening diseases. Gavi has also promised another USD 107 million to support strengthening of health systems in India, which would play an important role in success of Mission Indradhanush.