Immunization programmes reach more than 100 million children each year.
Immunisation infrastructure in developing countries in almost at breaking point sparking a call-to-action from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expanded Programme on Immunization.
Burnet Institute’s Dr Chris Morgan chairs the WHO Immunisation Practices Advisory Committee, which sponsored the evidence-based policy call.
“Immunisation programme infrastructure in developing countries is stretched,” Dr Morgan said.
“This is because systems such as the cold storage designed in the 1980s cannot cope with the remarkable escalation in new vaccines seen over the past 10 years.”
The Call-to-Action on Immunisation Supply Chain and Logistics presents evidence on the current state of immunization supply chains and identifies ways forward for the global public health community and for national immunization programme managers.
“This is an urgent issue, childhood immunization is arguably one of the world’s most successful public health initiatives, reaching more than 100 million children each year,” Dr Morgan explained.
“But further progress will be limited in developing countries without greater investment in management, stores and transport.”
The WHO Expanded Programme on Immunisation celebrates its 40th anniversary this year – CLICK HERE to watch a short video acknowledging the programme’s incredible achievements.