The people most affected by disease are at the center of our science.
Progress for those most affected has moved at a slow and inhumane pace.
In 1815, the average life expectancy was 47 years in the United States. In Africa, two hundred years later, it is still only 47 years.
There are 18 million orphans because of HIV/AIDS.
Two billion people are currently infected with TB.
More than numbers, these are the stories of people. Infectious diseases destroy families and communities.
Without a vaccine, children are constantly at risk for contracting and dying from malaria.
Every year, over half of all school-aged absences in Africa are from malaria. When children aren't educated, they are not able to break the cycle of death and suffering from infectious diseases.
For those unhealthy and sick children who do not die, they grow up to be unhealthy and sick adults who cannot contribute to a growing and thriving economy.
Every year, Africa loses 525,000 children and $12 billion to malaria.
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We concentrate our efforts on the people that need it most – those in developing nations throughout the world.
We advance the science to develop vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics for the infectious diseases that claim the lives of 14 million people every year. Progress for those most affected has moved at a slow and inhumane pace. In 1815, the average life expectancy was 47 years in the United States. In Africa, in 2015, 200 years later, the life expectancy is still only 47 years.
In the over 200 years since Edward Jenner’s discovery of a vaccine for smallpox, the science behind vaccine development has remained largely unchanged. As we look toward our fifth decade, we hope to answer 21st century problems with 21st century science.
Our science is for people, regardless of outside funding priorities. By investing in global health, we are investing in so much more. We are investing in the global economy, increased education rates, the waning of national and international conflict, and the opportunity for equality. We value the potential of people, and that is why we produce great science.
Africa's average lifespan is only 47 years
In 1815, the average life expectancy was 47 year in the United States. In Africa, in 2015, 200 years later, the life expectancy is still 47 years.