State of Equity: Childhood Immunization in the World Health Organization African Region
This article, published in The Pan African Medical Journal, reports the results of a study that analyzed recent trends in national and subnational coverage of childhood immunizations in the World Health Organization-defined African Region. The authors found persisting inequities in vaccination coverage by country in the region, with lower-middle-income countries having the lowest coverage, on average, in 2015 compared to low-income and upper-middle-income countries. Such inequities pose an important barrier to achieving higher vaccination coverage and disease control and elimination goals. These findings highlight the importance of ensuring high-level political commitment to immunization and investing in increased financial and human resource capacity to institute immunization programs capable of reaching every child and stimulating demand for vaccination services across the region.
Author: Casey RM, Hampton LM, Anya BM, Gacic-Dobo M, Diallo MS, Wallace AS
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Citation: Casey RM, Hampton LM, Anya BM, Gacic-Dobo M, Diallo MS, Wallace AS. State of Equity: Childhood Immunization in the World Health Organization African Region. The Pan African Medical Journal. 2017;27(Suppl 3):5.
Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal
Diseases/vaccines: Not disease/vaccine specific