The venture will be carried out in three phases, culminating in June 2009. The first phase will focus on preparing and strengthening the existing health care systems in Burkina Faso, while the second phase will be the actual mass- vaccination campaign. The third phase will focus on evaluation, since the Burkina Faso results will be used to raise an additional $400 million for vaccine scale-up in the remaining 20 meningitis belt countries. The Meningitis Vaccine Project was originally funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
PATH (http://www.path.org) is an international, nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health.
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (http://www.msdf.org) was established in 1999 by the Dell family to measurably improve outcomes for children living in urban poverty. Based in Austin, Texas, the Foundation funds programs that foster and improve education, health, and safety for children around the world. With an endowment of more than $1 billion, the Foundation has committed more than $350 million to global children's issues and Central Texas community initiatives to date.
WHO (http://www.who.int), the United Nations' specialized agency for
health, was established in 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its
Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible
level of health, defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social
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