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Ending Vaccine-Preventable Deaths Requires High Immunization Coverage, Strong Health Systems, Sustainable Programs

Huffington Post: Walking the Talk: Three Keys to Ending Vaccine-Preventable Deaths
Katrin DeCamp, web manager and senior communications specialist, and Robert Steinglass, immunization team leader, both at USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program

“At month’s end, African health and finance ministers will meet in Ethiopia for the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. … [H]ow can we be sure what’s decided at the conference is carried forward? … [W]e must keep three things in mind: … To dramatically reduce child mortality, we must achieve high and equitable coverage year after year. … A robust routine immunization system functioning within the health system is required to achieve and sustain our ambitious goals [for ending vaccine-preventable deaths]. … [I]mmunization programs must be designed from the start and implemented with sustainability in mind…” (2/19).

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