Almost two-thirds of these deaths were brought about by infectious diseases and conditions such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, meningitis, tetanus, HIV and measles. With vaccines, adequate nutrition and basic medical and maternal care, most of these lives could be saved.
In 2010, the delivery of vaccines to protect children from life-threatening diseases hit a record high, reaching 109 million and averting more than 2 million deaths. However some 19.3 million children remain un-immunized.
RESULTS supports the development and roll out of vaccines around the world. We campaign for organisations like the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) to be fully funded and supported. Through an innovative partnership model which brings together the public and private sectors, GAVI works tireless to ensure that vaccines which were previously out of financial reach are made available to the world’s poor.
We also campaign to ensure that more money is diverted into the development of new vaccines against some of the world’s biggest killers: AIDS, TB and malaria. One of our main campaign priorities is to see increased amounts of long term funding, form the UK and the EU, going into organisations like the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) who bring together researchers, pharmaceutical companies and governments together in pursuit of a vaccine that will change the course of history.
On the right you cam see some of the recent actions we have taken to help bring success to our campaign.
We’ve had some incredible results over the past twelve months. Click here to read about some of them.
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