Globally, immunization prevents three million child deaths each year, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 20% of the remaining under-five deaths—approximately two million deaths annually—could be prevented with existing vaccines. Success in reducing vaccine-preventable mortality has been dramatic, but it cannot be taken for granted.
For example, one million newborns died of tetanus 30 years ago compared to about 130,000 last year—an 87% reduction. However, this achievement must be maintained and built upon every year to further lower neonatal mortality from tetanus. And, while vaccination coverage in some countries now exceeds 80%, coverage is not the only metric. Before they are exposed to disease, women and newborns must be reached by both potent vaccines and high-quality services in a timely, safe, effective, acceptable and affordable manner so that they return to complete all their doses.
Coverage disparities also continue within countries, with few countries reaching 80% or higher coverage in all districts. To prevent outbreaks, consistently high coverage is needed everywhere, year after year. Increasingly, vaccination programs are aiming to reach the hard-to-reach and marginalized groups to improve access and equity.
MCHIP Immunization Programs
MCHIP is dedicated to ensuring that every infant and woman of childbearing age in the developing world is fully immunized. Working with global, regional, national and sub-national partners, MCHIP:
MCHIP provides technical support to routine immunization (RI) systems to sustain mortality reduction gains achieved through campaigns and to serve as a platform for effective introduction of new, lifesaving vaccines.
Immunization program priorities include:
MCHIP works closely with international organizations and links its country programming to important global and regional initiatives, such as the GAVI Alliance, the WHO/UNICEF Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS), the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the Measles Initiative, and others.
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