Disease

Needless deaths

Merlin wants to stop people dying from preventable, infectious diseases.

In high-income nations, infectious diseases have been largely eradicated through vaccination programmes and banished to the past. However, the war on infectious diseases is far from over. In low-income countries, the predominant causes of death are still transmissible and preventable diseases such as diarrhoeal diseases, tuberculosis (TB), pneumonia, HIV and tropical diseases such as malaria. These diseases drain the already fragile health infrastructures in impoverished countries and prevent millions of children from reaching their fifth birthday each year.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

By vaccinating infants against all major childhood diseases, ensuring they receive adequate nutrition, improving sanitation and educating the general public about disease prevention, the spread of such diseases could be greatly reduced and more lives could be saved.

Your support saves lives

Merlin works tirelessly to combat diseases and supports global efforts like the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation as they attempt to spread vaccination practices across the globe. We’re also dedicated to achieving the Millennium Development Goal Number 6 – halting and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases – pledged by the United Nations.

There’s still a lot of work to be done, but we'll be there the long haul. Our ability to achieve our goals and continue confronting these diseases depends on the continued support of our donors. Please help us prevent diseases and save lives.

Thank you.