Vaccines save lives. Approximately 2.5 million lives per year, that is. Vaccines provide people lifelong protection against devastating illnesses and when distributed equitably, keep people from getting sick and falling into poverty. On top of all this, vaccines are cheap to administer! In the 1980s, there was a lot of momentum to provide vaccines to everyone around the world. But that momentum stagnated. More recently, an influx of new life-saving vaccines have become available—but people need to access them. Seeing a need for advocacy, in 2011 ACTION got involved. Since then, we’ve been working to influence governments around the world to provide the resources and leadership needed to make vaccinations available to everybody—especially the poor, who otherwise would have no access.
7.6 million children under the age of five die every year, according to 2010 figures (WHO, 2011) Over two-thirds of these early child deaths are due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions. (WHO, 2011) Approximately 40% of child deaths occur in infants under one month old. (WHO, 2011) Children in low-income countries are nearly 18 times more likely to die before the age of five than children in high-income countries.