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Health, immunization and economic growth

It has long been accepted that, as people grow richer, their health tends to improve. However, in recent years, researchers have accumulated increasing evidence that this "wealth-health" link also works in the other direction: better health can lead to greater wealth too. Governments and others who invest in public health in a rational way, and particularly in the health of the poorest, reap rewards in better productivity and economic growth. The GAVI partnership focuses on investing in immunization, both as a human right and as one highly cost-effective means to improve the health of children and adults. This section contains the following information:



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