Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Immunizing and Improving Health Care

72 of the poorest developing countries are receiving an additional $1 billion dollars towards health care, vaccinations and medical training this week thanks to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, Gavi. For the first time this organization will not only give out much needed vaccinations, but also train medical staff and improve the health care systems of these countries. The governments of these countries will apply for the money, which will then help to replenish drug supplies to hopefully reach the poorest and rural areas as well as the cities. The money will pay for the vaccines and medicine that is needed but can't be afforded as well as improve the fundamental infrastructure of the health care systems. The money is coming from three developed countries, with the UK providing nearly half of the finances. Gordon Brown will announce this week the proposed amount as well as push the idea of free health care for millions in the developing world. The countries that wish to apply for this money will enter into a contract that will provide the money over a 20 year period.
-Sara Frodge
Source The Guardian