Vaccine summit aims to save four million lives

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Today, the UK Government is spearheading a global effort to vaccinate a quarter of a billion children by 2015. The drive is set to save the lives of four million children across the developing world.

Together with the GAVI Alliance health partnership, the government is co-hosting a vaccine summit this Monday 13 June 2011, calling on international partners to join the UK and donate to its cause.

 

Core Facts

  • The GAVI Alliance – is a health partnership set up to increase access to immunisation in the world’s poorest countries.
  • Since 2000, the GAVI Alliance has helped vaccinate over 288 million children and saved more than five million lives.
  • Every year, two million children die of diseases that can be prevented through vaccination – the vast majority of whom live in poor countries.
  • Pneumonia kills more than 1.2 million children under five in Africa and Southeast Asian countries each year.
  • Diarrhoea takes the lives of more than 1.3 million children around the world each year.
  • At the summit, international donors will come together to make the contributions needed to roll out vaccines, which will protect against the two biggest killers of small children – pneumonia and diarrhoeal disease.

The UK is prepared to significantly step up its contribution to the GAVI Alliance, but needs other donors to do the same to meet the funding challenge and make sure hundreds of millions of children get the vaccinations they need.

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