The GAVI Alliance has issued a new call for applications from developing countries keen to protect more of their children from disease with new vaccines.
Studies have shown that immunisation not only saves lives, but also boosts economies, acting as a key driver of development.3 Increasing immunisation rates is vital to meet the health Millennium Development Goals, particularly MDG 4 on reducing child mortality.
GAVI estimates that a fully-funded programme would prevent approximately 4 million future deaths by 2015, and enable the introduction of new vaccines including importantly those that tackle major causes of the world’s two biggest killers of children, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
To continue its mission to save lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation, GAVI needs to raise approximately US$3.7 billion more within the next five years.
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