The link between healthy populations, productive workforces and economic growth is well established. A healthy workforce that is productive over a longer working life drives economic growth, just as ill health or death of a head of family leads to a precarious outcome for the whole family and can impact the next generation. The good news is that the world's average life expectancy at birth rose from 61 to 67 years in the last 30 years, with the most dramatic increases occurring in the low- and middle-income countries. Increased access to nutritious food, primary health care - including safe water, sanitation, antibiotics and other medicines, and immunizations - and education are key reasons for these strides. Health partnerships have a role to play here too by developing new or improved vaccines and medicines as well as promoting immunization programs. Vaccines cannot only protect an individual from disease but can also protect those around him or her. Some partnerships contribute even more directly to local economic development by strengthening technical know-how and expertise to enable local production of vaccines and medicines.
Partnerships play important roles from promoting mass immunization programs for polio, malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea, ...Learn more
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