19 May Making this “the decade of vaccines”
Helen Evans, Blog 4 Global Health
GENEVA — I am Helen Evans, the interim chief executive of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, and our mission is to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries.
Right now we are in the middle of the World Health Assembly here in Geneva, which governs the World Health Organization. As the Assembly debates the biggest global health issues, I am pleased that immunisation is on the agenda.
This is a very exciting time to be involved with immunisation. For the first time, we have affordable and appropriate vaccines that help to tackle the biggest killers of children – pneumonia and diarrhoea.