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Accelerating the Campaign against Vaccine Preventable Diseases - Immunization is Everyone’sBusiness

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27 April 2016
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World Immunization Week 2016, aims to raise awareness about immunization globally and contributes to increasing immunization rates against vaccine-preventable diseases around the world. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions.

Uzbekistan ensures full immunization of all children

Uzbekistan has a child population of over 10 million children, and almost 100% of children are fully vaccinated. The country is committed to reach out to every child: children in institutions, girls and boys with disabilities, and those who live in remote areas.

2011-2015 Multi-year Immunization Plan contributed to increase financial sustainability, with the result that routine vaccines are now procured with the Government funds.

To provide the safety of vaccination and to ensure that no child is left behind, UNICEF in Uzbekistan helps the Ministry of Health with procurement of vaccines.

Partnership with GAVI for sustainable immunization

In April 2016,Ministry of Health ofUzbekistan, UNICEF and WHO hosted a mission of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) to further strengthen the resolve in reducing child mortality in the country. Uzbekistan’s request for GAVI support was approved two years ago. It resulted in sanction of USD 20.5 million as the grant forHealth System Strengthening and Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Platform. It is expected that this grant will be allocated in the second part of 2016.

GAVI funds will help Uzbekistan to modernize its cold chainsystem with new equipment – a vital building block towards delivering vaccines more equitably, throughout the cold chain network. The initiative will contribute to improve efficiency and safety of vaccines. The updated cold chain will replace old equipment, and will run on lower cost.Temperature can also be better regulated.

In 2016,Government of Uzbekistan will apply for additional 4.5 million USD to compliment a budget gap of Health System Strengthening.

About GAVI

GAVIis an international organization established in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. It is the Vaccine Alliance which brings together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to vaccines for children, wherever they live. Its support is focused on improving immunization coverage and equity through investments in the health systems.

GAVI believes that introduction of life-saving vaccines is not enough if the vaccines cannot reach all children. It provides assistance to lower-income countries to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing equitable use of vaccines.

UNICEF’s role in the Vaccine Alliance

UNICEF is one of four permanent members of the GAVI Board and the alternate Chair, with WHO, of itsExecutive Committee. Playing a key role in improving immunization coverage and equity in GAVI-supported countries, UNICEF Supply Division procures the majority of GAVI-funded vaccines. The Effective Vaccine Managementinitiative provides materials and tools for monitoring and assessment of vaccine supply chains and helps countries to improve their supply chain performance.

Today, vaccines are protecting more children than ever before. But 1.5 million more could be saved each year if the gap is closed by reaching the most disadvantaged children.If all children were immunized with existing vaccines, nearly 25 million lives can be saved between 2011 and 2020.

The world is committed more than ever before to eliminate the risks of preventable diseases. #Vaccines Work to save the lives of children.

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