11 December 2012, Dhaka. BRAC has received the GAVI CSO Special Recognition Impact Award at GAVI 5th Partners Forum in Dar-es-Salaam. A special dinner was held on 6 December to honor those who have made a difference in the lives of children in developing countries and their communities through the effective delivery of immunisation programmes.
This year, additional special recognitions were given to individuals and non-government partners who work in immunization, from advocacy to research and innovation, to sustainable financing and partnership.
BRAC received the special recognition for CSO (civil society organisation) impact. This acknowledges the unique contribution of BRAC to delivering immunisation services, improving immunisation coverage and advancing in-country advocacy. BRAC sits on national health policy committees and last year through its community mobilisation efforts fully immunised over 1.1 million Children.
On behalf of BRAC, Senior Director, Mr Faruque Ahmed, who is also the past GAVI CSO Board Member, Dr Sharmin Akhter Zahan, Program Manager Health, and past GAVI CSO Special Adviser, and Mr Gunendu Roy, BRAC Tanzania Country Representative has received this prestigious award in presence of GAVI Board Members and Special Guests. Mr Dagfinn Høybråten, current GAVI Board Chair, Richard Sezibera, Secretary General of East African Community and past Health Minister of Rwanda, Dr Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, WHO, Mr Bill Roedy, Chairman and Chief Executive, MTV Networks International (MTVNI), Yvonne Chaka Chaka, South African singer and founder of "Princess of Africa Foundation”, Mr Steve Davis, President and CEO, PATH, Mr Chris Elias, President, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and so many distinguished personals including Health Ministers from around 50 countries were present on the ceremony.
The GAVI Special Impact Award is indeed a great recognition for BRAC for participating in noble child survival initiatives in Bangladesh through community mobilization and becoming a part of making an impact on health service delivery in Bangladesh.