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EU steps up its efforts to improve the health of millions in developing countries

EU steps up its efforts to improve the health of millions in developing countries

The EU has today announced that it will provide €25 million per year in the period 2014-2020 to fund vaccines and immunisation programmes worldwide. 

The new support – more than double that previously committed, when on average €10 million per year were provided -  will go to the GAVI Alliance, a non-profit organisation focused on saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries. The announcement was made at the ‘Investing together for a healthy future’ event in Brussels, on May 20. EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, said: 'The EU is delighted to host the GAVI conference here in Brussels. It sends a clear message of our long term commitment to our partnership, and to our joint work to save lives and help to prevent the further unnecessary loss of life which could be prevented from a simple vaccine.' Thanks to donors like the EU, close to half a billion children have been immunised since 2000, resulting in 6 million lives saved.

For more information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-571_en.htm

Factsheet on EU and GAVI Alliance: Working together to save lives: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-362_en.htm

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