Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunizations

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7343.974/a (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:974

Save the Children UK had concerns about alliance that went further than report did

  1. Gill Walt (gill.walt@lshtm.ac.uk), professor of international health policy,
  2. Ruairi Brugha, senior lecturer in public health,
  3. Mary Starling, independent consultant
  1. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Department of Public Health and Policy, Health Policy Unit, London WC1E 7HT
  2. Department of Paediatrics, St Stephen's Hospital, Tis Hazari, Delhi 110054, India

    EDITOR—We would like to dissociate ourselves from the views reported in Fleck's news item about the global initiative that seeks to save millions of children's lives by immunisation.1 We were involved in the design and analysis of a study that was facilitated, funded, and published jointly with Save the Children UK. The report looked at four countries' experience with the application process to the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) and their perceptions about funding for systems support. Save the Children UK had several concerns about the alliance that went much further than the report but unfortunately gave the impression that these stemmed from the report.

    Specifically, we wish to draw attention to four points.

    Firstly, the study did not criticise the global alliance “for including managers from pharmaceutical companies on its governing board”; it made no comment on “a potential conflict of interest,” or on the “the risk of commercial, product-oriented pressure.”

    Secondly, the reference …

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