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1 In 5 African Children Do Not Have Access To Vaccines, WHO Report Shows; Ministerial Conference Hails Meningitis A Vaccine Success

Agence France-Presse: One in five African children denied access to vaccines: report
“One in five children in Africa do not receive basic life-saving vaccines, despite the continent making great strides on immunization, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report Wednesday. The report noted a dramatic rise in child vaccination rates, from 57 percent in 2000 to 80 percent in 2014, but said more needed to be done to prevent the spread of diseases such as measles, rubella, and neonatal tetanus that have been virtually eradicated in some parts of the world but remain prevalent and deadly in Africa…” (Boulo, 2/24).

Ventures: #MCIA 16: African nations celebrate a 55 percent drop in child mortality rates due to immunization
“As the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa commences … in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, vaccine experts and officials representing 26 African countries from the ‘meningitis belt’ celebrate the introduction of MenAfriVac® and its achievements in the continent’s public health system. In five years, MenAfriVac, which is designed, developed, and produced for use in Africa, has nearly eliminated serogroup A meningococcal disease from the meningitis belt countries and is now being integrated into routine national immunization programs…” (Okoroafor, 2/24).

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