Maintaining Momentum In Global Immunization Efforts Critical For Child Survival, Panel Speakers Say

“With less than 1,000 days left to meet the United Nations’ goal to cut child mortality 67 percent by 2015, there is cause to be optimistic, said global health experts Tuesday at a webinar hosted by the Kaiser Family Foundation,” GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog reports. The event, titled “Getting to Zero: Saving Children’s Lives with Vaccines,” included leaders from USAID, the GAVI Alliance, Save the Children and the Center for Global Development, the blog notes. “Panelists lauded efforts to supply low-income countries with vaccines, but expressed concern that a shortage of trained health workers might be keeping children from benefiting,” the blog writes. In addition, while “[m]ost of the gains have been made by high-income and … low-income countries, … without outside help, middle-income countries aren’t progressing, they said,” according to the blog. “Pulse” quotes panelists Ariel Pablos-Mendez, USAID’s assistant administrator for global health; GAVI CEO Seth Berkley; Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles; and Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy for the Center for Global Development (Stuart, 6/19). A webcast of the panel discussion, moderated by Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, is available online (6/19).