Mandela calls for greater investment in global vaccinationBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7374.1193/a (Published 23 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1193
- Jocalyn Clark
Former South African president Nelson Mandela has called for action by private and public organisations to promote vaccination and save the 8000 children who die every day from diseases that can be prevented by vaccines.
His call follows publication of a World Health Organization report highlighting the growing gap between rich and poor countries in access to vaccination. Low investment by donors is a major reason for this, says the report.
In a foreword to the report, Mr Mandela, chairman of the Vaccine Fund Board, urges international organisations and governments to “meet your moral …