Shot at Equality

Though global immunization rates sit at 85%, 15-20% of the world’s most vulnerable children are still missing out, reports a recent WHO study. In addition to gauging immunization rates, the study looked at inequality as an indication of increased risk of disease.
 
“Diseases tend to show up where there are weak systems of health coverage and in areas of conflict,” says Robin Nandy of UNICEF. Often places of high need, like urban slums, are not prioritized in health services, he says.
 
To push the immunization rate even higher, the global community must garner political willpower and focus on equal, not just widespread, coverage, Nandy says.

Source: IPS

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