21 APRIL 2016 | GENEVA
During World Immunization Week 2016, held 24-30 April, WHO highlights recent gains inwards immunization coverage, together with outlines farther steps countries tin accept to “Close the Immunization Gap” together with run into global vaccination targets past times 2020.
“Last twelvemonth immunization led to or thus notable wins inwards the larn by against polio, rubella together with maternal together with neonatal tetanus,” says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “But they were isolated wins. Polio was eliminated inwards 1 country, tetanus inwards 3, together with rubella inwards 1 geographical region. The challenge forthwith is to brand gains similar this the norm.”
Immunization averts two to three 1000000 deaths annually; however, an additional 1.5 1000000 deaths could hold out avoided if global vaccination coverage improves. Today, an estimated 18.7 1000000 infants – close 1 inwards five children – worldwide are silent missing routine immunizations for preventable diseases, such equally diphtheria, pertussis together with tetanus.
In 2012, the World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), a commitment to ensure that no ane misses out on vital immunizations. Despite gains inwards vaccination coverage inwards or thus regions together with countries the past times year, global vaccination targets stay off track.
Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011 – 2020
The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) ― endorsed past times the 194 Member U.S.A. of the World Health Assembly inwards May 2012 ― is a framework to foreclose millions of deaths past times 2020 through to a greater extent than equitable access to existing vaccines for people inwards all communities.
GVAP aims to strengthen routine immunization to run into vaccination coverage targets; accelerate command of vaccine-preventable diseases alongside polio eradication equally the root milestone; innovate novel together with improved vaccines together with spur query together with evolution for the side past times side generation of vaccines together with technologies.
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