Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

WHO support to countries in transition from Gavi support

As a key implementing partner of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), the World Health Organization (WHO) provides support to countries that are in the process of transitioning out of Gavi support. The aim of this support is to ensure that these countries have sufficiently strong technical, financial and institutional capacities to sustain their immunization programmes once funding and technical assistance through Gavi comes to an end.

Of the 73 countries ever eligible for Gavi support, in 2016, 16 countries are transitioning out of Gavi support and 5 have reached the end of Gavi support1.

WHO is actively working with other immunization partners to support countries losing support from Gavi, referred to as countries in transition. This support includes assessments of country-specific immunization gains and challenges as well as the development and implementation of transition plans1 to strengthen the sustainability of immunization programs. Assessments are initiated through a desk review of available immunization data and are completed through in-country missions. Transition plans are developed to address challenges encountered by countries in transition, which are identified through the transition assessment process. To date, transition assessments and plans are available for 16 and 15 countries respectively.

WHO supports the monitoring of transition plans during its participation in country Joint Appraisal (JA) missions - multi-stakeholder reviews of Gavi support to the country and of the Alliance’s overall contribution to improved immunization outcomes.

WHO also engages with Gavi, other members of the Alliance as well as countries to jointly address the issues facing Gavi countries in transition through the adaptation of policies that aim to regulate support and through the delivery of targeted technical assistance.

Further information on Gavi eligibility, Co-Financing, and Transition:


1Formerly referred to as graduation plans.

Last updated : 2 August 2016