Fondazione Achille Sclavo
Even today, nearly 6 million children under the age of 5 die every year in developing countries due to infectious diseases. That's more than 10 deaths a minute, the majority of which could be avoided by developing vaccines against these illnesses using the modern technologies already available. The challenge that industrialized countries face is to advance the development of vaccines already available in research laboratories as rapidly as possible, and put them to use in a sustainable way against illnesses and poverty. This is the aim of a foundation established as a non-profit to develop neglected vaccines capitalizing on existing scientific and planning capacities in the sector. The Fondazione Achille Sclavo was founded with the Vision of accelerating the development of new vaccines, now neglected, and making them available to poor countries at reasonable prices, in order to combat infectious diseases and the poverty these cause.
The Fondazione Achille Sclavo, the only Foundation with this Mission in Europe, is a philanthropic, fully tax-exempt, non-profit organization carrying out scientific research in support of the underprivileged. The Fondazione will pursue this Vision in a non-profit setting capitalizing on its substantial scientific and technical vaccine knowledge. Its aim is to provide new, effective vaccines not yet available at reasonable prices to disadvantaged populations in developing countries burdened by endemic infectious diseases and poverty. Vaccines against childhood infectious diseases, where the mortality in developing countries is the highest, are at the center of the activity of the Fondazione Achille Sclavo.
Achille Sclavo (1861-1930) was a scientist, entrepreneur, public health expert and a prominent public figure in the fight against infectious diseases. Many areas of late-19th century Italy suffered from hygienic and sanitary conditions similar to those of developing countries today. Dr. Sclavo was the first in Italy to scientifically and systematically address the causes of this underdevelopment, such as infectious diseases, poor hygienic conditions, poverty and malnutrition.