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Celebrating progress and looking ahead this World Immunization Week

Apr 27, 2018

During a recent visit, Regina Chilekwa, a nurse at Mahatma Gandhi Clinic in Livingstone, Zambia, sat with a patient and talked her through the vaccines her young son needed to keep him protected. Every year, at the end of April, the global health community celebrates World Immunization Week, a chance to spotlight the incredible potential of vaccines, progress toward closing the immunization gap, and advocate for the gains that still must be made. Closing the immunization gap requires all hands-on deck. And while coverage has improved greatly in the last few decades, it has recently stagnated. Twenty percent of children still face barriers to vaccination, ranging from a lack of access to services, to weak health information systems, long travel times between facilities, and vaccine stockouts.

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Ensuring vaccines reach the people who need them most

Apr 28, 2017

Stacks of immunization registry ledgers tower above the desks and medical supplies. Each ledger contains rows and rows of patient records—their name, date of birth, the last time they received a vaccine, and which antigen, among other information.

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Closing the immunization gap with care, empathy and compassion

Apr 26, 2017

Prosperinne Walumba has seen many things in her 30 years as a nurse. But despite all the transformations over the years, her personal code remains constant: her commitment to care, empathy, and compassion, something the BID Initiative is helping her spread by easing workloads and enabling health workers to deliver more personalized care.

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Immunization by the Numbers

Apr 29, 2015

We know routine immunizations and new vaccine introductions are proven to be two of the best investments for improving health around the world, but still, children lack access to this potentially life-saving intervention. As we celebrate World Immunization Week with stories from both our demonstration countries, Zambia and Tanzania, we’re also giving pause to take a look at immunization numbers around the world.

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A Sister With Polio, My Children Will Never Miss An Immunization

Apr 23, 2015

“I am very committed when it comes to immunization, I make sure all my children are immunized according to the schedule and no one misses a vaccination,” explained Fathiya Mohammed, a mother of three children. I met Fathiya at Kaloleni Health Facility in the Arusha region where she brought her 6 week-old baby, Samir Ally, for his first round of vaccinations. Also with her, were her two other daughters, Samira and Salha.

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Sharing Immunization Knowledge to Save Lives

Apr 21, 2015

During a routine immunization session at Simoonga rural health center in Livingstone, Zambia, I met 27-year old Monde Imasiku waiting in line for her one and a half-year old twins to get vaccinated. Monde walks over four kilometers to reach this health facility carrying her twins Mukela and Nobu, while four-year old Sililo walks by her side.

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