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UN: 20 Million Children Missing Out on Life-Saving Vaccines

By Yasir Raza Abidi - Senior Web Editor - BOL News

16th July, 2019

UN: 20 Million Children Missing Out on Life-Saving Vaccines

Tuesday 16th July, 2019

More than one in 10 children or 20 million worldwide — missed out last year on vaccines against life-threatening diseases such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus, the World Health Organization and the UNICEF children’s fund said on Monday.

In a report on global immunization coverage, the UN agencies found that vaccination levels are stagnating, notably in poor countries or areas of conflict.

“Vaccines are one of our most important tools for preventing outbreaks and keeping the world safe,” the WHO’s Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

“It’s often those who are most at risk — the poorest, the most marginalized, those touched by conflict or forced from their homes — who are persistently missed,” he said. “Far too many are left behind.”

The WHO/UNICEF report found that since 2010, vaccination coverage with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine and one dose of measles vaccine has stalled at around 86 percent.

The report said this was too low, since 95 percent coverage is generally needed to provide “herd immunity” to those who are not vaccinated.

“Measles is a real-time indicator of where we have more work to do to fight preventable diseases,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s executive director. “An outbreak points to communities that are missing out on vaccines … (and) we have to exhaust every effort to immunize every child.”

Almost half the world’s unvaccinated children are in just 16 countries: Afghanistan, CAR, Chad, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

If these children fall ill, the report said, they are at risk of the most severe health consequences, and are least able to get the treatment and care they need.

AFP


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