COVAX in the MENA Region
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, GLIDE realised that while it did not have the capacity to take on COVID, it could and should take account of it. Therefore, GLIDE, with funding and support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and support from Global Health Strategies (GHS), developed an advocacy initiative aimed at increasing awareness of and support for COVAX in the MENA region.
Supporting COVAX in the MENA region
The initiative aims to amplify regional achievements and encourage positive engagement around the importance of vaccine equity. Through champion engagement, advocacy, and communications efforts, GLIDE helps foster an enabling environment for policymakers in target countries to politically and financially commit to and invest in the COVAX Facility. Activities to enhance regional collaboration include development of an interactive platform that encourages regional discussion and information sharing, and a map that highlights the current state of COVID-19 and vaccination efforts in each MENA country. The open-source map is available here.
GLIDE also advocates for the value of the COVAX Facility through thought leadership pieces and provides a weekly media report in support of our goal to provide consistent and reliable information around the current COVID-19 situation and vaccination efforts in the region in order to foster a strong regional community behind routine immunisation and disease elimination.