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The Power of Vaccines

2017 World Immunization Week

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NEW! Op-ed by Leila Stennett of RESULTS International (Australia) in Croakey.com.

"Meeting the global vaccination challenge"

By Leila Stennett, campaigns director at RESULTS International (Australia) and a member of the Gavi CSO Steering Committee

When we debate the value and safety of immunisation of children in Australia, a powerful point in favour of vaccination is that diseases such as polio, measles and mumps have disappeared in Australia and many other countries due to the success of earlier vaccination campaigns. As we mark World Immunisation Week this week, we also need to be frank about how far we have to go to achieve the goal of universal coverage by key vaccines. Read now.

#VaccinesWork to build a secure world

Vaccines prevent many childhood diseases and deaths, and decades of research conclusively support the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Despite this, 1 in 7 children don't have access to basic immunizations, so we call on global stakeholders to invest more in research for new vaccines to fight the most common diseases in developing countries.

Increased funding, stronger commitment by national governments to research and innovation, and more efficient delivery of preventative care will create more effective immunization programs. The 2016 Addis Declaration on Immunization aims to vastly improve access to vaccines for African children. It deserves the support of member states and partners, Gavi, and the World Health Organization (WHO) to make this a reality.

For this year’s World Immunization Week, let’s come together to make #VaccinesWork for everyone. Join us in taking action April 24–30!

Vaccines are key to building a secure world

Vaccines contribute to a healthy childhood and a productive and fulfilling adulthood. Protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, people are more likely to lead healthy lives, fully realize their potential, and contribute to national and global economies.

Through coordinated efforts, the world has gotten closer than ever to eradicating polio — a dangerous childhood disease that typically leads to paralysis or death — and has greatly improved accessibility of vaccines. Most countries are making strides to introduce new vaccines because strong immunization programs promote health security and help countries accelerate sustainable development.

And yet —

Nearly 20 percent of children globally did not receive basic immunizations in 2015. A full third of child deaths can be attributed to vaccine-preventable diseases. The growing risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses one of the greatest threats to global security, and deaths from drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) account for one in every 3 AMR deaths. As TB continues to mutate into one of the world’s greatest superbugs, treating the disease is becoming more difficult — but vaccines are the most effective way to prevent superbugs and the risk to global safety.

Countries must uphold their commitments to immunize everyone, and we must leave no child behind. Access is extremely unequal between children in industrialized and developing countries, and between rural and urban areas within countries. The developed world averages a 90 percent immunization rate, while rates in sub-Saharan Africa sit as low as 42 percent. Moreover, developing countries have many of diseases that wealthier countries don’t, so we call on global stakeholders to invest more in research for new vaccines to fight the most common diseases in developing countries: diarrheal diseases, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and HIV/AIDS.

Much more needs to be done to promote universal access.

Be a part of the ACTION

There will be thousands of events and activities around the world organized on World Immunization Week. Here are the themes for each day:

Monday, April 24th:  #VaccinesWork to save lives
Tuesday, April 25th:  #VaccinesWork to fight diseases
Wednesday, April 26th:  #VaccinesWork to leave no one behind
Thursday, April 27th:  #VaccinesWork to build a secure world
Friday, April 28th:  #VaccinesWork. Let’s go to work

Please talk about World Immunization Week on your social media accounts.

Opinion and research from ACTION partners

"Owning It: Turning immunisation commitments into action"

Research paper with policy recommendations for achieving universal immunization by RESULTS UK

Immunization rates are higher than they have ever been, reaching 86% in 2015. However, one in seven children are still missing out of the most basic vaccines and many more are missing out on the full range of recommended vaccines. In 2012 all WHO member states agreed to ambitious immunization goals to drive global progress towards universal immunization coverage, but as we stand in 2017, we are dramatically off track.

How can country ownership can help turn immunization commitments into action and how can we achieve this? Owning it sets out the importance of political leadership, sustainable financing, and improved program and policy implementation as three essential elements which need to be reinforced if we are to ensure all children receive all recommended vaccines. Read now.

"The Value of Vaccines"

Blog post from Laura Kerr, policy advocacy officer for child health at RESULTS UK.

Children shouldn’t die from preventable diseases. Especially not from diseases which we have vaccines which we know can prevent children suffering from diseases such as polio and measles. Vaccines save lives and are one of the best buys in public health. Read now.

"Pushing forward to save children's lives"

Blog post from Heather Teixeira, policy and advocacy manager for the ACTION secretariat.

Every year, up to three million children’s lives are saved because of vaccines. Diseases such as tetanus and diphtheria, previously major killers of children are on the decline because of increased access to immunization for children all over the globe. The efforts made to date to roll out immunization services to children around the world are laudable. But, progress doesn’t equal a job completed. We need to push harder and further to reach those children that have been left behind. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that children don’t die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Read now.

Attend a webinar

"Affordable and Quality Healthcare for MFI Client Families"

Did you know that health NGOs and microfinance banks in India are working together to provided affordable and quality healthcare to families living in poverty? On Tuesday, April 25th, the Community of Practice for Health and Microfinance (COPHAM) in India will host a webinar featuring leaders from Grameen Koota Financial Services Ltd. (GKFSL) and SAS Poorna Arogya Healthcare. The two organizations have partnered since 2010 to provide quality healthcare services at an affordable cost to GKFSL’s client families. The model deployed, the “SAS PAP,” is flexible and cost-effective. It has a fast pre-approval and timely payment system to hospitals, and it gives a personal touch to customers.

April 25th at 6:30am ET | 11:30am GMT | 4:00pm IST

Speakers:
Mr. Anshul Sharan, Head – Strategy & Planning, Grameen Koota Financial Services
Dr. Arjun Sachidanand, Founder & Chairman, SAS Poorna Arogya Healthcare
Mukti K. Bosco (moderator), Co-Founder & Secretary General, Healing Fields Foundation

A link to the recording of the event coming soon

Be active on social media

 You can download ACTION-branded social media shareables here.

DAY ONE (April 24th): #VaccinesWork to save lives
More children need to have access to vaccines. #VaccinesWork to save lives. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
A safe and effective way to prevent many childhood diseases and deaths. #VaccinesWork to save lives. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
Vaccines prevent common childhood diseases that kill millions each year. #VaccinesWork to save lives. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA

DAY TWO (April 25th): #VaccinesWork to save lives
Vaccines are key to building a secure world. #VaccinesWork to fight diseases. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
The world is closer than ever to eradicating polio. #VaccinesWork to fight diseases. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
TB is among the leading antimicrobial-resistant diseases. #VaccinesWork to fight diseases. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA

DAY THREE (April 26th): #VaccinesWork to save lives
Access is extremely unequal btwn children in indust'd & developg countries. #VaccinesWork to leave no one behind. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
1 in 7 children did not receive basic immunizations. #VaccinesWork to leave no one behind. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
Vaccinated children are more likely to lead healthy lives. #VaccinesWork to leave no one behind. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
Vaccinated children are more likely to fully realize their potential. #VaccinesWork to leave no one behind. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA

DAY FOUR (April 27th): #VaccinesWork to save lives
Vaccinated kids r more likely to contribute to national, global economies. #VaccinesWork to build a secure world. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA Every $ spent on childhood vaccin'n returns multiple in economic benefits. #VaccinesWork to build a secure world. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA Vaccines help create healthy childhood & productive, fulfilling adulthood. #VaccinesWork to build a secure world. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA Vaccines help countries accelerate sustainable development. #VaccinesWork to build a secure world. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA Vaccines prevent the spread of “superbugs” and the risk to global safety. #VaccinesWork to build a secure world. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA

DAY FIVE (April 28th): #VaccinesWork to save lives
Vaccines prevent the spread of “superbugs” and the risk to global safety. #VaccinesWork. Let’s go to work. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
Immunize! #VaccinesWork. Let’s go to work. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
Countries must uphold their commitments to immunize everyone. #VaccinesWork. Let’s go to work. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
Increased funding is central to effective immunization programs. #VaccinesWork. Let’s go to work. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
Gr8r nat'l commit. to research, innovation is central to effective immuniz'n pgms. #VaccinesWork. Let’s go to work. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
More efficient delivery of preventive care is central to effective immuniz'n pgms. #VaccinesWork. Let’s go to work. http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
Addis Declaration on Immunization aims to vastly improve access to vaccines for African kids. #VaccinesWork http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA

Save the Date
World Immunization Week begins Monday, April 24th. Visit our #VaccinesWork page to spread the word http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
Vaccines work! They are safe and effective. Visit our #VaccinesWork page to take action http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
More children need to have access to vaccines. Visit our #VaccinesWork page to take action http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
Vaccines are key to building a secure world. Visit our #VaccinesWork page to take action http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA
Countries must uphold their commitments to immunize everyone. Visit our #VaccinesWork page to take action http://bit.ly/2oIq8nA

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