IAVI Vaccine Literacy Library: Module 1

Vaccines and the global
response to infectious diseases

This module introduces the concept of global health and emerging infectious diseases. It provides background on the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics, and endemic Lassa fever disease in West Africa. The module also underscores why vaccines are needed to end epidemics, save lives, and protect health systems.


  1. Global Health and Emerging Epidemics
  2. Why Vaccines Are Needed
    1. Vaccines save lives
    2. Vaccines protect the most vulnerable
    3. Vaccines are cost-effective
    4. Vaccines end epidemics
    5. Vaccines protect health systems
  3. The HIV Epidemic
  4. The TB Epidemic
  5. Endemic Lassa Fever in West Africa

Click on each of the modules below to learn more about their respective topics.