Thursday, March 26, 2009

Saving Children's Lives in South Africa

South Africa is set to become the first country in Africa to provide its children with a life-saving vaccine that experts say could prevent the deaths of an estimated 5.4 million children globally in the next two decades. The pneumococcal vaccine, which should be available in April, will prevent diseases such as meningitis and pneumonia which often leave the few survivors with mental impairment, hearing loss, or a legacy of seizures. South Africa would also be the first country in the developing world to self-finance introduction of the vaccine, despite its hefty price tag.
Source: IRINNews