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Strengthening Immunization Systems

An estimated 130 million infants are born around the world each year. Protecting these newborns from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) requires an organized, accessible, and well-functioning immunization program.

Proud mom and her baby, recently vaccinated against measles in Cambodia.

Routine immunization prevents an estimated 2.5 million deaths among children younger than age five every year

Why it Matters

Immunization programs often serve as the entry point for primary health care in many countries, often providing the only access to mothers and young children on a regular basis. However, immunization programs in resource-poor countries are faced with many barriers to success, including: shortages of trained staff and supervisors, vaccines, and reliable power supply. The result? Each year about 21.8 million children miss necessary vaccines, leaving them vulnerable to disability and death from serious infectious diseases. If vaccination programs do not reach these children, they are also unlikely to receive other needed health services.

CDC works to strengthen immunization systems by partnering with countries to provide evidence-based technical knowledge to strengthen and expand the routine delivery of immunizations. Our field stories show how we achieve our goals and how important it is to reach every child.

Strengthening Capacity: Keeping it Simple and Realistic in India

India is a big, bustling, multidimensional place, full of achievements that are both impressive and surprising. India, for example, is the largest democracy in the world and has the world’s largest postal system, the longest road network, and the most English speakers of any country on Earth.

Learn More about Keeping it Simple and Realistic in India >

 
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  • Page last updated: December 11, 2014
  • Content source: Global Health
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