The GAVI Alliance, initially named the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, was created in 2000. GAVIs stated mission is to save childrens lives and protect peoples health by increasing access to immunization in poor countries. The founding members of the alliance include the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank Group. The partnership includes many other players: developed and developing country governments, research and technical institutes, the vaccine industry in both the developed and developing world, and civil society organizations.
Since its creation, GAVI estimates that it has prevented 3.4 million deaths, protected 50.9 million children with basic vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP-3), and protected 213 million children with new vaccines and through expanding the use of underused vaccines. It has currently approved $3.7 billion in funding for 75 countries, including future commitments through 2015.