World Immunization Week – April 24- 30, 2017
No child born alive deserves to die, and immunizations help avoid preventable deaths. This week is World Immunization Week in which we aim to spread awareness of the importance of immunizations. According to the WHO, between 2010 and 2015 vaccines prevented at least 10 million deaths and many more people were protected from illnesses.
Healthcare Trends is excited to hear about the progress the world has made in spreading vaccine accessibility and coverage. Over 85% of children around the world received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday, which has increased by 73% since 2000. Also, in 2015, 116 million infants received the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DPT3) vaccine. This has given more children the ability to experience life, which further helps education and economic development take hold. Life can improve for countries and their people.
While much progress has been made, improvements can still be made. Healthcare Trends’ Help My Pikin [Help My Child] campaign hopes to help with these further improvements, specifically in Nigeria. Nigeria remains polio-endemic. Polio is not curable, but it is preventable. Polio vaccines can protect a child for life.
Healthcare Trends aims to reduce infant and under five years mortality rates in developing countries such as Nigeria. The nonprofit improves communication between doctors and mothers and empowers mothers by providing information to maintain their children’s health. Expanding vaccine accessibility and information is an important part to our strategy in reducing child mortality rates. Let’s give children the opportunity to experience life.
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Statistics sourced from http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2017/en/
Author: Emily Bong – healthcaretrends.co