FULFILLING A PROMISE: ENSURING IMMUNIZATION FOR ALL IN AFRICA
See the official conference report for a look at the current state of immunization on the African continent.
A new report issued today by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean Region shows that despite considerable progress in expanding access to vaccines in Africa, one in five children on the continent still do not receive life-saving immunizations. Africa’s routine immunization coverage of 80% is the lowest of any region in the world.
The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) was endorsed by the World Health Assembly in May 2012 to achieve its “Decade of Vaccines” vision of universal access to immunization. This report provides a review of the progress on implementation of the GVAP by the World Health Organization’s Strategic Group of Experts on Immunization. It notes that the plan is off track to reach the GVAP targets and provides recommendations for actions required to meet the goals and objectives of the plan. This report follows 2014 and 2013 assessment reports.
In 2010 the global health community recognized the need for widespread commitment to immunization and called for a Decade of Vaccines (DoV). The vision of the DoV is to extend, by 2020 and beyond, the full benefits of immunization to all people, regardless of where they are born, who they are or where they live. The following document is a fact sheet.
In 2009, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation created the ARISE project, managed by JSI, to assemble the evidence on what drives improvements in RI performance in Africa. To amass such evidence, ARISE conducted in-depth, mixed methods comparative case studies in Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Ghana. It employed an assets-based approach to identify common drivers of improvements in RI performance at the district level, describe the pathways by which they improve coverage, and identify contextual factors affecting performance.