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Saving Lives Today, Saving Costs Tomorrow: Why USAID Invests in Immunization

A young boy receives an oral polio vaccine in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The incidence of polio has fallen by more than 99 percent over the past three decades. / Kendra Helmer, USAID

Investing in vaccines is a best buy in global health — for every dollar invested, $16 in health care costs is averted. As the global community celebrates World Immunization Week, Katie Taylor describes why USAID invests in sustained and sustainable immunization systems.

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Growing Children, Trees and Science: The Work Towards an AIDS Vaccine

HIV's outer-envelope proteins penetrate and infect host T-Cells; this illustration shows areas where antibodies can bind to and block the virus / Evan Oto / Science Source

In 1999, a tree was planted in Baltimore with the hopes that, by the time it had grown, the world would have an AIDS vaccine. While we’re not there yet, the tree is a reminder of our ever growing efforts to find a solution, efforts that USAID is dedicated to and optimistic about.

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Improved TB Diagnosis & Treatment: Research and Innovation Urgently Needed to Address Global Epidemic


In 1882, Dr. Robert Koch discovered Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes TB.

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Paving the Way for a Measles-Free Nigeria

Guest Post by: Andrea Gay, Executive Director of Children’s Health at the United Nations Foundation For the last ten years, I have seen thousands of children cry after being pricked by needle for a vaccination against measles –a deadly disease that is preventable by one quick, albeit painful, shot. I witnessed it again this week […]

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USAID Responds to Polio Outbreak in Tajikistan

Tajikistan is experiencing its first importation of wild poliovirus into the country in 12 years and the first case in the WHO European Region since it was certified as polio free in 2002. As of June 9, 2010, there are 183 confirmed cases of polio, including 3 deaths, in Tajikistan – out of 288 total polio […]

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