Closing the immunization gap
African health ministers pledge to improve access to vaccines
ETHIOPIA — Following a two-day conference on immunization, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), African leaders united with the goal of reaching every child with life-saving vaccinations and closing the immunization gap by 2020.
One in five African children fails to receive all the immunizations they need to survive and thrive, according to WHO. “This is not acceptable. African children’s lives matter,” Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, minister of health for Ethiopia is quoted as saying by News Ghana. “We must work together to ensure the commitments we make in Addis Ababa translate into results.”
As a child-centred community development organization, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) works to improve the health of children around the world. Last year, CCFC supported the vaccination of nearly 13,000 children under five.