Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

5 December 2012

Tanzania: Spain's Princess Christina Tours EAC Headquarters

HER Royal Highness, Princess Infanta Christina of Spain has paid a working visit to the East African Community Headquarters in Arusha where she held talks with top officials at the EAC Secretariat.

The Princess of Spain was accompanied by Mr Dagfinn Hoybraten, a Norwegian politician and former leader of the Christian Democratic Party, who is also the 5th Vice President of the Norwegian Parliament and Chair of the Board of the GAVI Alliance.

Leading a high-powered GAVI Alliance delegation consisting of 25 members, Princess Christina and Mr Hoybraten held talks with both the EAC Secretary General, Dr Richard Sezibera, and the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly Margaret ZZiwa.

The entourage was briefed by both the Secretary General and the Speaker on latest developments in the EAC integration and its development process. The GAVI delegation and the two Heads of EAC Organs exchanged notes and explored possible areas of collaboration and support in the health sector.

The Secretary General and Speaker were accompanied by the Members of General purpose Committee from East African Legislative Assembly and senior officials from the Secretariat.

Formerly known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the GAVI Alliance is a public-private global health partnership committed to saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing access to immunization in poor countries.

The Alliance brings together all key players: developing countries and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrialized and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.

GAVI funds programs in developing countries where 85 per cent of the world's unvaccinated children live. It also supports the strengthening of health systems and local civil society organizations to ensure effective immunization and health services.

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