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Every Shot Counts

The issue: Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus. Global vaccination coverage has stalled at 86%; resulting in 1.5 million avoidable deaths. An estimated 19.5 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines.

Around 60% of these children live in 10 countries: Angola, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa. Vaccination currently saves between 2 and 3 million lives every year.

In May 2017, Ministers of Health from 194 countries endorsed a new resolution on strengthening immunization to achieve the goals of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), a roadmap to prevent millions of deaths through more equitable access to vaccines by 2020.   The ADI is meant to promote universal access to vaccination in Africa.  

The Solution:  Africa United: Every Shot Counts

In order to promote universal access to vaccination, the Access Challenge partnered with the Confederation of African Football, Gavi, the CDC Foundation, Special Olympics, Lions Club International Foundation and WHO on an immunization awareness campaign which was aired during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final tournament.  The campaign featured footballers Denis Onyango, Geofrey Massa and Anthony Laffor in PSAs distributed throughout the continent. The campaign kicked off Africa Vaccination Week in an event featuring Chad First Lady Hinda Deby in PSAs distributed throughout the continent.