The Chairperson of the Board of Vaccine Alliance, Prof. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has revealed how she lost her cousin and nearly lost her son too, to typhoid fever.

She said this while assuring that more children will be protected against typhoid fever with the new funding of the typhoid conjugate vaccines.
Okonjo – Iweala shared her personal experience while making the announcement in Vientiane, Laos.

The former Minister of Finance said,

“Typhoid fever imposes a dramatic burden on children in the poorest nations, affecting countries, communities and families.

“This disease has long been eliminated from most industrialised nations , but it is still a serious threat in developing countries where the vast majority of deaths occur.

“I lost my cousin and nearly lost my son because of typhoid. This vaccine will be a lifesaver for millions of children, especially those living without access to clean water or sanitation.”

 

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