Health Matters

In the developing world, it is poor people that bear the highest burden of sickness and ill-health and have worst access to health services. We believe that health is a fundamental human right, and that investing in good health is essential for reducing poverty. Despite the impressive improvements in health over the past number of decades, access to, and quality of, basic health services remains uneven. Strengthening the health systems of our partner countries is a core element of our work.

There is also an important economic rationale for supporting healthier lives. By helping people to stay healthy, vaccines remove a major barrier to human, and wider economic, development. Immunised children have higher learning abilities and are more likely to attend school and go on to be productive members of their community. By reducing illness and long-term disability, vaccines also generate savings for health systems and families