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A young woman receives immunisation against measles and rubella during an immunisation campaign in Laos, November 2011. The rubella virus can lead to miscarriage, still births, or birth defects when passed from mother to child during pregnancy. An estimated 90,000 birth defects, known collectively as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), happen every year in the world’s poorest countries.

CREDIT: The Measles Initiative/C. McNab/2011

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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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