Partners commit to preventing child deaths
KIGALI, (CAJ News) – A NEW initiative has been launched to enhance universal access to immunisation.
Tagged “Every Shot Counts,” it has been launched at the just-ended Orange African Nations Championship in Rwanda.
The initiative is the latest focus of Africa United partners – the Confederation of African Football (CAF), African Union, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Bank Group and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation – who first joined together last year to tackle Ebola.
Rwanda President Paul Kagame, CAF President, Issa Hayatou, of CAF and Gavi Chief Executive Officer, Dr Seth Berkley, presided over a pledging ceremony which signalled the partners’ commitment to achieving universal access to immunisation across the African continent.
“We are pleased to lend our support to this important initiative,” said Kagame.
Hayatou said his organisation saw football as uniting people from all across Africa and beyond.
“At CAF, we are committed to using the power of football to make sure that our players, future players, and most importantly, our fans, lead healthy lives,” said Hayatou.
– CAJ News
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