GAVI Champion for Africa and Founder, Avon Medical Practice, Dr. Awele Elumelu, has joined other global health leaders at a photo exhibition organised by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, for increased vaccine coverage in under-immunised nations.
At the Gavi event, tagged “Vaccine Heroes”, which held on September 10, 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland, Elumelu commended the great efforts and achievements by the vaccine heroes, health workers and the GAVI team in spreading the message and adoption of immunisation globally.
In her words: “Immunisation is one sure way to prevent diseases, save our children and advance our economy. It is an honour to champion the importance of immunisation that saves the lives of children around Africa and the world. I am particularly pleased to be doing so with innovative organisations,” she said.
Elumelu, who further advocated the urgent and important need for the health of children and committed to working with the global Vaccine Alliance to expand the coverage of immunisation across Africa and in her native country, Nigeria, stressed: “In our own capacity, at Avon Medical and Avon HMO, we are working to provide quality, effective and accessible healthcare and insurance to most citizens in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. This is our group’s way of contributing to the work of GAVI. I look forward to doing more work and bringing about more private and public partnerships to promote immunisation and better coverage for children in and out of Africa”.
In attendance was Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who spoke about the importance of vaccines as the backbone of health systems, saying: “There is no health for all without vaccines for all.”