The most effective way to deal with a problem is to stop it from ever happening. This is what vaccines do. They’re one of the most effective healthcare interventions ever created.
They have eradicated smallpox, reduced polio by 99% and, more recently, proven incredibly effective against Ebola. Yet, with one in five children, worldwide, not vaccinated against common childhood diseases, there is still work to be done.
Through our funding of the GAVI Alliance, we’ve supported the delivery of a combination of vaccines. These have included vaccines against five common childhood diseases, as well as other diseases such as rotavirus and pneumococcal, which are leading causes of deaths in children under five. Together, we’ve helped more than three million children, across Africa, to be given life-saving vaccines.