Dear HIFA and CHIFA colleagues,
Our thanks to HIFA member Sarah Cavanagh (http://www.hifa.org/support/members/sarah) who represented HIFA at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Vaccinations for All at the House of Commons, London, on Tuesday 15th January.
Below is a brief report from the meeting with a link to the full report. Below this there are extracts from a Daily Telegraph news item published the following day.
Immunisation has proven the test of time as one of the most successful and cost-effective global health interventions of our time – averting an estimated 20 million deaths and 500 million cases of illness in the decade of vaccines, from 2011 to 2020.
Vaccines not only save lives but are central to global health security and are a fundamental component for achieving several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. But despite the known value of vaccines and great advances in research and development, millions of children still miss out on basic vaccines and global immunisation rates have stalled over the past few years.
Throughout 2018, the APPG conducted an inquiry into the reasons for stalling global immunisation rates, taking written and oral evidence from a variety of stakeholders across the sector. The subsequent report highlights the key challenges that remain and provides recommendations for all immunisation actors and donors for progress in the next decade of vaccines.
You can read the the full report here.
Children are missing out on life-saving vaccines, MPs warn
Millions of children around the world are missing out on life-saving vaccinations because countries which were once eligible for financial support can no longer afford them.
The widespread introduction of vaccinations against deadly diseases such as polio, pneumonia and measles has been widely heralded as a game changer, saving an estimated 10 million lives between 2010 and 2015 according to the World Health Organization.
But a new report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vaccinations for All has highlighted how progress on the introduction of vaccines has stalled in recent years, with nearly 20 million children in 2017 failing to receive all 11 of the routine childhood vaccinations recommended by the WHO.
The MPs have highlighted how children in middle income countries such as Nigeria and South Africa are particularly at risk of missing out.
They are urging Gavi, an alliance which provides access to vaccines to developing countries, to change its eligibility and transition criteria...
The report also highlights the growing trend of “vaccine hesitancy” – refusal of or scepticism about vaccines – in countries whatever their economic status.
A recent study that only 14 countries in the world reported no vaccine hesitancy.
The report blames fears over the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine going back almost 20 years for the explosion in the number of measles cases in Europe – more than 41,000 people contracted the disease in Europe in the first six months of 2018, almost twice the annual number of cases seen in the whole of 2017, which saw around 24,000 infections.
And objections to cholera vaccines in parts of Yemen and violence against polio workers in Pakistan are part of the same trend, the report warns...
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