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Addressing the persistent inequities in immunization coverage

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Chopra, Mickey, Bhutta, Zulfiqar, Chang Blanc, Diana, Checchi, Francesco, Gupta, Anuradha, Lemango, Ephrem T, Levine, Orin S, Lyimo, Dafrossa, Nandy, Robin, O'Brien, Katherine L, Okwo-Bele, Jean-Marie, Rees, Helen, Soepardi, Jane, Tolhurst, Rachel and Victora, Cesar G (2020) 'Addressing the persistent inequities in immunization coverage'. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol 98, Issue 2, pp. 146-148.

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Abstract

A key focus of the health-related sustainable development goal (SDG) 3 is universal health coverage (UHC), including access to safe, effective, quality, and affordable essential medicines and
vaccines. However, the challenges to achieving UHC are substantial, especially with increased demands on the health sector and with most budgets being static or shrinking.
Immunization programmes have been successful in reaching children
worldwide. For example, 86% of the world’s infants had received three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3)
vaccine in 2018. The experiences from such programmes can contribute to UHC, and as these programmes strive to adapt to new global strategic frameworks, such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s
strategy Gavi and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Immunization Agenda 2030, these efforts can inform
the progressive realization of UHC. Immunization programmes that can sustain regular levels of contact between health providers and beneficiaries at the community level have enabled new vaccines to be added to routine immunization schedules and other interventions to be delivered to children and their families. In addition, experiences from both polio campaigns and the child health days strategy show that incorporating additional interventions into campaigns can
increase coverage of these interventions as well as of vaccinations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QW Microbiology and Immunology > Immunity by Type > QW 551 Acquired immunity. Artificial immunity
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 108 Preventive health services. Preventive medicine. Travel Medicine.
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 115 Immunization
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.2471/BLT.19.241620
Depositing User: Rachel Dominguez
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 12:09
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2020 14:27
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/13901

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