Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa Group, have partnered to strengthen health systems and raise awareness of immunisation across Africa, which commence in Nigeria this year.
As part of the partnership, the statement said the UBA Foundation would raise $1.5m over the next two years by leveraging the bank’s network of partners to support Gavi’s immunisation programmes in Nigeria.
UBA Foundation will also advocate for immunisation in Nigeria, which has one of the lowest vaccine coverage rates in the world.
The Chief Executive Officer, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Dr Seth Berkley, said, “We are delighted to work with the UBA Foundation to help protect children across Nigeria against some of the world’s deadliest diseases.
“Strong, sustainable health systems are key to ensuring no child misses out on lifesaving vaccines, which is why this partnership will make a real difference, reducing child mortality and helping to meet the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030.”
Commenting on the initiative, the Group Chief Executive Officer, UBA and Chairman, UBA Foundation, Kennedy Uzoka, said, “The United Bank for Africa and the UBA Foundation have been impacting lives positively in Nigeria and across the African continent for several decades, and this is another opportunity to make a difference in the lives of millions of Africans.
“We are proud of the partnership with Gavi, which will run until the end of 2020, with both institutions focused on the overall aim to provide innovative solutions that can increase the capacity of healthcare systems in Nigeria and across Africa.”
In the last five years, over 14 million children in Nigeria have been vaccinated against some of the world’s deadliest diseases with support from Gavi. Should Nigeria meet its target for vaccine coverage, it would be able to prevent at least one million deaths by 2028, the statement noted.