Gates and Abu Dhabi Prince Partner on Immunization

January 28, 2011 at 9:27 PM Leave a comment

The International Business Times reports that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi have each pledged $50 million to fund immunizations in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A third of the combined funds will be given to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, to be used for immunizing children in Pakistan and Afghanistan against polio, while the remaining will be directed to the GAVI Alliance for the purchase and delivery of vaccines against pneumonia, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, hepatitis B and meningitis-causing Haemophilus influenzae type B, for Afghan children.

Health issues and immunization in particular have been focuses of the Gates Foundation for several years. Immunization and development of vaccines are a big part of their Grand Challenges of Global Health project.

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