Rubella vaccine introduction Laos 6

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Dr. Phounphenjhack Kongxay, Lao's Deputy Manager of the national immunization programme, immunises a girl in Don Thalat school in the Champasack District of Southern Laos. A recent survey in Laos showed that 35% of girls aged 15-19 had no immunity against rubella, he said. Rubella infection in pregnant women can cause severe birth disorders in newborns such as heart disease, blindness, and deafness.

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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