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Civil society organizations (CSOs) play a crucial role in immunization, and maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). More than 4000 CSOs - including non-governmental organizations, advocacy organizations, professional and community associations, faith-based organizations and academia from around the world - come together to form the Gavi CSO Constituency. Together we help advance Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance vision of a world where all children are reached with life-saving vaccines.
 
The role of CSOs in immunization is multi-faceted and includes: direct service provision, creating demand for vaccination and child health services, advocating for increased access to immunization and acting as a watchdog to ensure that government and international actors are accountable to the people and communities they serve. CSOs have one seat on the Gavi Board and also participate in Board committees and task teams.
 
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Dear friends of the Gavi CSO Constituency, 

You might be aware that we held our bi-annual Steering Committee meeting last month, form the 15th-17th October in Geneva. The main meeting objectives were to:
    • Discuss and engage on the future collaboration between our constituency and Gavi, at country and global levels (including Gavi’s future approach to support of CSO at country level) 
    • Agree on CSO positions to be taken during October PPC meeting
    • Discuss ways forward with our communication strategy and engagement with our constituency, and reflect on how we should proactively reach out to our constituency members ensuring we do deliver and serve their needs and interests.
    • Discuss and agree on positions and engagement strategy for the Gavi Mid-term review, including Value for money proposition
    • Engage and discuss with Gavi Senior level management on future collaboration with secretariat and Alliance partners moving forward, and get an update on MTR, Gavi 5.0 and in country engagement with our constituency.
    • Discuss other upcoming priorities with the Gavi Secretariat including the Vaccine Investment Strategy and the CSO Evaluation
    • Discuss and agree on collaboration modalities with other health related initiatives platforms such as UHC2030 CSEM, PMNCH, GFAN, GFF and others)
We have had great and fruitful discussions over these 3 days, and were happy to welcome Gavi secretariat staff, including Gavi’s CEO, Dr Seth Berkley, in several sessions.

The meeting’s report will be available shortly! Stay tuned!

Sincerely yours,
Your Steering Committee

 

                                                                The Steering Committee discussing with Gavi CEO, Mr. Seth Berkeley                         The Gavi CSO Steering Committee, Oct. 2018