Bangladesh

With UN support, Bangladesh has unveiled a new vaccine to protect its children against five lethal diseases - including Hib, a deadly bacterium that causes severe forms of pneumonia and meningitis - in a single injection, in a bid to save the lives of some 20,000 children every year. Annually around the world, Hib, or Haemophilus influenza type b, is responsible for millions of serious illnesses and 400,000 deaths, mostly children under the age of five. Even with treatment, thousands of children die of Hib disease annually, with survivors often left permanently disabled - paralyzed, deaf or brain-damaged. (UN News Service)

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