Monday, February 28, 2011

No Child Born to Die: Vaccination in the developing world

When I was at Save the Children's blogging conference on Saturday there were two campaigns the charity was keen to promote. One was its campaign on child poverty in Britain, which I wrote about on the day, and the other was its vaccination campaign.

The Save the Children website explains:
Pneumonia and diarrhoea are the biggest killers of under-fives globally, accounting for three times more deaths than malaria and AIDS combined.

This year, for the first time, babies and children in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Yemen and Guyana will be immunised against pneumonia through their public health service. Tens of thousands of young lives could potentially be saved.

But now there's a real danger that the global immunisation drive could stall because of a looming funding crisis.
Read more in the charity's report No Child Born to Die: Closing the Gaps.

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