Immunization in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States (FCAS) in Africa: From Conflict and fragility to Investing in Health – The Case of Immunization

07 Mar 2019
10:45 - 12:15
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Immunization in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States (FCAS) in Africa: From Conflict and fragility to Investing in Health – The Case of Immunization

Organised by Global Health Strategies


Immunization is the most cost-effective public health intervention available, and strong immunization systems create a key entry point for a range of other basic health services. In fragile and conflict-affected states, immunization delivery can help lay the foundation for universal health coverage (UHC).

Currently, families in fragile and conflict-affected states often face serious barriers in accessing immunization services. Two-thirds of unvaccinated children globally live in such states. With vaccine-preventable diseases still killing more than half a million children under five in Africa, there is an urgent need to refocus attention on how to reach the most vulnerable children.

African leaders have already affirmed their support for immunization through the Addis Declaration on Immunization(ADI) signed in 2017. To help reach all children, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, are providing tailored support to countries with low immunization rates. But political leadership is equally critical.