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In countries around the world, infectious diseases continue to cause premature death and disability. Despite the public’s perception that we have conquered infectious diseases, infections are still responsible for a third of all deaths, killing at least 15 million people a year. The most effective way to reduce disease and death from infectious diseases is to vaccinate susceptible populations. Although highly effective vaccines are available against a number of pathogens, for other infectious diseases vaccines are either not completely protective or no vaccine is available.
To learn more about work on global vaccine issues see the following websites
World Health Organization The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases The NIAID conducts biomedical research on infectious diseases including those of global health importance.
The Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunizations (GAVI) The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization is an historic alliance between the private and public sector committed to one goal: saving children's lives and people's health through the widespread use of vaccines.
The Gates Foundation The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a private foundation that supports efforts to improve equity in global health and learning.
The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) – The EPI’s mission is to eliminate sickness and death through the development of strong, sustainable national immunization programmes capable of delivering high quality vaccines in a safe and effective way to all children and adults who require them.
Last revised: November 7, 2005