Immunisation is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Expanding access to immunisation is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of healthy lives for all people at all ages. Currently, immunisation prevents the deaths of an estimated two to three million people per year, but three million people, including 1.5 million children up to the age of five, still die from vaccine-preventable diseases each year.
How immunisation is vital to win the war against disease Each year, the timing of World Immunisation Week coincides with
“While it was heartening that the world spent $726 million on TB research in 2016, which was a small increase over previous years, at least $2 billion is needed annually to stay on track with the global goal of ending TB by 2030.”
“This announcement is so important because better tools are urgently needed. Current methods of addressing TB mean we miss the global goal by 150 years. Globally, there were 10.4 million cases and 1.7 million deaths in 2016 while another 4.1 million people affected by TB are currently missed by health services,” adds Ms Nutt.