We are committed to global health and development initiatives designed to harmonise support for developing countries. Each initiative sets common standards and objectives against which development organisations can design and measure their programmes; they also help to harmonise policies and programmes and increase their accountability.

International agreements like the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the International Health Partnership, also provide forums for us to share lessons from our own approaches and learn from others' experiences.

It's better to prevent a disease than to treat it, both from a moral and an economic standpoint. This is a why the United Nations included vaccines for all – as well as universal health coverage – as key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ayo Ajayi

Director of the Africa Team, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Last updated: 23 Jan 2024

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