Health Desk- 26 Sep 2019: The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation or GAVI honoured Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her success in immunisation in Bangladesh.
GAVI Board Chair Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala handed the award to the Bangladesh prime minister on Monday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Hasina was applauded for the success in immunisation in Bangladesh, especially for her role in eliminating polio and curtailing diphtheria, hepatitis-B and rubella.
Okonjo-Iweala, former finance minister of Nigeria, delivered a felicitation speech on the occasion.
“This is an award for those who have set out a clear ambition and displayed urgency to providing life-saving vaccines for children and ensuring that no child is left out,” Okonjo-Iweala said in her speech.
“Sheikh Hasina is a true champion of immunisation as well as the rights of children and women’s empowerment,” she said.
GAVI, a Switzerland-based organisation, also known as the vaccine alliance, works to save the lives of millions of children globally by providing vaccines to them.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Malik were present at the award ceremony.