GOOD HEALTH LEADS TO DEVELOPMENT
Good health leads to social and economic development, enabling people to reach their full potential as active and productive members of society. Immunised children have higher cognitive abilities and are more likely to attend school and go on to be productive members of their community. It also encourages investment in human capital as investors often shun environments in which the labour force suffers a heavy disease burden.5
Preventing illness and disability especially protects the poorest households, who often do not have financial safety nets and are vulnerable to unexpected income losses.6
Some of the world's leading experts on development economics have identified six health-related issues in their list of the top 10 most cost-effective ways to improve global welfare.7
"Improving the health of the poor is an end in itself, a fundamental goal of economic development; but it is also a means to achieving the other development goals relating to poverty reduction," said Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, former WHO Director-General and the first Chair of the Gavi Board.
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2 Hilber AM, McKenzie O, Gari S et al. Gender and immunisation summary report. Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. 2010
3 WHO/UNICEF Estimates of National Immunization Coverage, 2017
5 World Health Organization. Vaccine-preventable diseases: monitoring system. 2010 Global Summary.
6 Lawson S, Douglas DB. Health buys wealth. Goldman Sachs, Global Markets Institute. 2009 Dec 3.
7 Jamison, D, Jha P, Laxminarayan R et al. Copenhagen Consensus 2012 Challenge: Infectious Disease, Injury and Reproductive Health.