Thirty-seven developing countries — 24 of them in Africa — will be receiving funding for vaccines that will protect against the top two causes of deaths among children, thanks to a public-private global health partnership.
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea in children under 5 years. More than half a million children worldwide succumb to severe diarrhea each year — 50 percent of them in Africa.
On the other hand, pneumococcal disease causes pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis, which take the lives of more than half a million children worldwide annually — the majority of them in Africa and Asia.
Since its launch in 2000, more than 250 million children have reportedly benefited from new and underused vaccines through GAVI. By 2015, GAVI and its partners plan to immunize more than 90 million children against pneumococcal disease and 50 million children against rotavirus in at least 40 countries.
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