New global campaign boosts life-saving vaccines — Global Issues

of possible for humans The joint global communications campaign aims to promote vaccination programs around the world, with support from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

“Thanks to vaccination, more children survive and thrive past their fifth birthday than at any point in history,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell.

Indeed, a global immunization program can help humanity achieve what is possible when many stakeholders, including world leaders, local and global health organizations, scientists, charities, aid agencies, businesses and communities work together. It shows what will happen.

who Director-General Tedros said:Vaccines are one of the most powerful inventions in history. ”it becomes possible to prevent diseases that were once feared.

“Thanks to vaccines, smallpox has been eradicated, polio is on the brink, and vaccines have recently been developed for diseases such as malaria and cervical cancer. We are pushing the front lines of the disease.,” he said. “With continued research, investment and collaboration, we can save millions more lives now and over the next 50 years.”

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Children receive polio vaccine in Madagascar.

154 million lives have already been saved

Groundbreaking research published in British medical journal lancet Global immunization efforts have already saved an estimated 154 million lives over the past 50 years, 101 million of which were infants.

This equates to six lives saved every minute each year over the past 50 years.

This WHO-led study showed that: Immunization is the single greatest contribution of all health interventions Ensuring your baby not only reaches their first birthday but continues to live a healthy life into adulthood.

The study found that measles vaccine had the greatest effect on reducing infant mortality, with measles vaccine and vaccination against 13 other diseases (among them diphtheria, polio, rubella, tetanus, tuberculosis, and yellow fever). was also shown to be included. Directly contributed to reducing infant mortality rates by 40 percent worldwide It has increased by more than 50 percent in the African region over the past half century.

Every life saved by vaccination provides an average of 66 years of perfect health, totaling 10.2 billion health years gained in 50 yearswrite the authors of the study, which will be published ahead of next month’s 50th anniversary of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI).

Girls wait their turn to be vaccinated at Lusun Raya Elementary School in Indonesia.

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Girls wait their turn to be vaccinated at Lusun Raya Elementary School in Indonesia.

protect the generations of children

In 2000, WHO, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation became core founding members of Gavi, a vaccine alliance created to expand the impact of EPI and help scale up vaccinations in the world’s poorest countries. Ta. Benefit from new life-saving vaccines and expand protection against a growing number of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Today, Gabi is helping protect an entire generation of children. Provides vaccines against 20 infectious diseasessaid Dr. Sania Nishtar, CEO of the Alliance.

“In just over 20 years, we have made incredible progress. Protect over 1 billion children“It has helped cut child mortality rates in half in these countries, delivering billions in economic benefits,” she said.

Delivering vaccines along the last mile

As one of the world’s largest purchasers of vaccines, UNICEF procures more than 2 billion doses each year on behalf of countries and partners to reach almost half of the world’s children.

To expand immunization coverage, UNICEF is also working on a last-mile vaccine distribution initiative using camels to ensure that even remote and underserved communities can receive immunization services. We are also working on

The agency chief said it’s all about working together.

“We must continue to build on this momentum and ensure that every child, everywhere has access to lifesaving vaccinations,” Russell said.

That is the ultimate goal of World Immunization Week: to protect more people and their communities from vaccine-preventable diseases.Find out more about what’s happening this week here.

  • Promote mental health and well-being and strengthen substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • Reduce the number of deaths and diseases caused by pollution, contamination and tobacco
  • Achieve universal health coverage and ensure affordable access to essential vaccines and medicines
  • Reduce the global maternal mortality rate to less than 70 per 100,000 live births and the under-5 mortality rate to at least 25 per 1,000 live births
  • Stop the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and fight hepatitis and other infectious diseases

Sustainable development depends on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages.

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