Global vaccination targets for the year is far off-track with one in five children still missing out on routine life-saving immunisations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases, according to the World Health Orga
The World Bank plans to raise as much as $500 million worth of Islamic bonds, or sukuk, this year to help fund an immunisation programme, one of several initiatives from the multilateral body in the Islamic finance sector.
The Gavi global vaccines group is to help protect more than 180,000 girls in eight countries across Africa and Asia from cervical cancer by funding immunisation projects with vaccines from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline.
Britain and billionaire Bill Gates pledged $2.3 billion at an international donor conference on Monday to fund vaccination programmes to protect children in poor countries against diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia.
The money adds to a