20 million children missed out on lifesaving vaccines in 2018

Polio vaccine treatment given in Papua New Guinea

Did you know that 20 million children worldwide – that’s more than one in 10 – missed out on lifesaving vaccines, such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus in 2018? That’s according to new data out from the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Globally, since 2010, vaccination coverage with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and...

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Eliminating polio is greatest goal…

Polio Vaccination, Photo courtesy of Gavi

Status of polio globally  Wild poliovirus continued to circulate in Afghanistan last year, with 21 people recorded with polio, and 12 people in Pakistan. This is despite the fact that both countries undertook new vaccination campaigns through the National Emergency Action Plan, with a focus on closing any immunity gaps.   ...

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Despite progress made in polio eradication, initiative phaseout poses threat to at-risk countries

GPEI photo - smiling child

“Rethinking how to achieve global health goals, such as universal immunization, can be daunting, especially when restricted within large global programs and financing mechanisms,” Laura Kerr, LLM, a policy advocacy officer for child health at RESULTS UK, and Leila Stennett, campaigns director at RESULTS Australia, wrote. “Yet the scale of the wind down of...

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Risks and opportunities as funding for polio disappears with the disease

The dissolution of a partnership the size of GPEI is unprecedented. GPEI investments have supported polio vaccinations, trained and supported human resources, as well as provided technical programmatic support. These investments have had an impact well beyond polio eradication in many countries, supporting routine immunisation systems and allowing for other...

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