Ghana's simultaneous introduction of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines 03

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03 Ghana Doune Porter PATH 2012

February 2012. Ghana – Ghana’s launch ceremony will take place on the massive Independence Square, when the west African country celebrates on April 26th, 2012, its unprecedented simultaneous introduction of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines.

Photo: GAVI/Doune Porter/PATH/2012 

US$ 1 = US$ 18

A study in Health Affairs covering 73 Gavi-supported countries over the 2011–2020 period shows that, for every US$ 1 spent on immunisation, US$ 18 are saved in healthcare costs, lost wages and lost productivity due to illness. If we take into account the broader benefits of people living longer, healthier lives, the return on investment rises to US$ 48 per US$ 1 spent.

Ozawa S, Clark S, Portnoy A et al. Return on investment from childhood immunizations in low- and middle-income countries, 2011-20, Health Affairs 2016

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