World Health Organization (WHO) officials recently reported worldwide vaccination targets for 2015 are inaccurate, saying 1 out of every 5 children do not receive routine life-saving vaccinations.
This announcement was made as WHO encourages these targets to be realigned with its ultimate goals for World Immunization Week 2015 which begins Friday.
“World Immunization Week creates a focused global platform to reinvigorate our collective efforts to ensure vaccination for every child, whoever they are and wherever they live,” WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health Flavia Bustreo said. “It is critical that the global community now makes a collective and cohesive effort to put progress towards our six targets back on track.”
These routine vaccinations could save approximately 1.5 million lives from preventable deaths each year. In 2013, approximately 22 million infants — many of whom live in the world’s poorest nations — did not receive all three of the required doses for the diphtheria – tetanus – pertussis vaccine.
“There is no one centralized approach that can ensure vaccines are delivered and administered to each child,” WHO Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Okwo-Belé said. “Vaccination plans on the ground need to be adapted not just to countries, but to districts and communities. What is required is a truly concerted effort and much stronger accountability so that each one of the key players involved fulfills its mandate and helps close the immunization gap.”