The Fondazione Achille Sclavo was founded with the Vision of accelerating the development of new vaccines, nowadays 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, registered, non-profit organization carrying out scientific research and training of health personnel in support of the underprivileged.
At Fondazione we are pursuing this Vision in a non-profit setting capitalizing on our substantial scientific and technical vaccine knowledge. Our aim is to provide new, lifesaving and effective vaccines (not yet available at reasonable prices) to disadvantaged populations in developing countries burdened by endemic infectious diseases and poverty training at the same time personnel capable of implementing these plans.
Childhood infectious diseases have the highest mortality in developing countries: even today, nearly 6 million children under the age of 5 die every year due to infectious diseases, 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 our Foundation established as a non-profit to develop neglected vaccines capitalizing on existing scientific and planning capacities in the sector.