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Social Inequalities, Rapid Urbanization Challenge Vaccination Coverage Of World’s Children, UNICEF Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: World’s mushrooming cities pose big vaccination challenges: UNICEF
“Rapid urban growth poses a big challenge for efforts to vaccinate the world’s poorest children and increases the risk of rapidly spreading disease outbreaks, the head of immunization at the U.N. children’s agency said. A growing number of unvaccinated children live in city slums, where immunization coverage is limited, said Robin Nandy, principal adviser and chief of immunization at UNICEF…” (Zweynert, 4/26).

U.N. News Centre: Inequalities between rich and poor temper broad success of immunization — UNICEF
“…According to estimates, 19.4 million children around the world still miss out on full vaccinations every year. Around two thirds of all unvaccinated children live in conflict-affected countries. Weak health systems, poverty, and social inequities also mean that one in five children under the age of five is still not reached with life-saving vaccines. On top of this, persisting inequality between rich and poor children further exasperate the problem…” (4/26).

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