We did it!


January 17, 2014

I have good news, and then I have better news. Yesterday, Congress passed a budget deal that increased funding for global health programs. And here’s the best part: it fully funds all U.S. contributions to global vaccine programs! In fact, global health funding across the board received an increase. Can you believe it?

I can! This is a big win, and it’s in no small part thanks to your hard work. Thank you for calling, emailing and meeting your Congressional representatives. Because of your support, millions of children in developing countries will meet more milestones this year, and for years to come.

Here are the details of the budget:

  • Shot@Life partner UNICEF, which has long been a leader in global immunization efforts, will receive $7 million more than it did last year, bringing funding to $132 million.
  • The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), another Shot@Life partner, will be granted $175 million—$30 million more than last year!
  • Polio eradication efforts will receive $197 million, an increase of $60 million! The additional funding will help us meet our goal of ending polio by 2018.
  • Measles vaccination efforts, which has long been a priority for the UN Foundation, will be given $47.25 million.

I also want to thank Congress and the Administration for prioritizing these life-saving programs. There were some very tough decisions to make during this budget process. We here at Shot@Life are incredibly grateful that funding for global vaccines was protected.

Here’s to more milestones!

 

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