Vaccines for children from needy countries

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron , announced this June 13, at a conference held today by the Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization (GAVI) in London, which can be considered one of the most important positive news in recent months: the United Kingdom will donate 814 million of pounds (about 923 million euros) that will be destined to vaccinate more than 80 million children against diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea. This amount will be added to the 680 million pounds (770 million euros) that this country already committed to donate between 2011 and 2013; which will help save 1.4 million lives of children in developing countries over the next five years.

To this forum, which is named "Saving the lives of children ", came together heads of state, health authorities, charities, private companies and philanthropists, among them Bill Gates , to discuss how to generate funds, with which to ensure that children receive protection against life-threatening diseases.

In addition to the effort of the British government, the businessman Bill Gates , who has been characterized by his philanthropy, announced that the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation will allocate others 616 million pounds (698 million euros) to the Alliance, so the total amount is much more generous.

The GAVI today called on to raise 2,600 million euro s intended to finance vaccinations that could help save the lives of four million children over the next four years. These measures are intended to advance the fight against mortality of under five years , goal number 4 of the Objectives of UN Millennium Development , and in the improvement of maternal and child health, part of the Initiative Muskoka approved by the leaders of Group of Eight more developed countries (G8).

The money you are looking for is international alliance would also allow the additional immunization of 243 million of children in poor countries with vaccines against pneumococcus, rotavirus, hemophilic influenza type b (Hib), hepatitis and yellow fever.

In addition, it would allow full application of the pentavalent vaccine and introduce new ones against the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer, meningitis A, rubella, typhoid and Japanese encephalitis.

Source: EFE

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