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Rwanda launches vaccination drive against pneumococcal disease in under 5s

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1729 (Published 27 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1729
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    This week Rwanda launched a national drive to combat pneumococcal disease, the leading vaccine preventable killer of children under 5 worldwide. The drive is thought to be one of the developing world’s first national immunisation programmes against a disease that causes life threatening illnesses, such as pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis, and might have a substantial effect on mortality in children under 5.

    The programme is a joint effort by the Rwandan government and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), a partnership that includes the World Health Oorganization, Unicef, and the World Bank, funded by donor countries and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Pneumococcal Accelerated Development and Introduction Plan …

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