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African leaders pledge to tackle child mortality with improved access to vaccines

meningitis A vaccine being administered on African child

African leaders including Health ministers, political leaders and technical experts have expressed their commitment towards reducing Child Mortality, morbidity and disability across the continent by ensuring Improved Access to vaccines.; they also pledged they will keep immunisation at the forefront of efforts to reduce child killer-diseases.

The decisions were taken at the recently held maiden Ministerial Conference on Immunisation in Africa, which was held in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa.

A statement by the Global Health Strategies, a sub-unit in the World Health Organisation, indicated the continental health officials are committed to overall improvement healthcare delivery in Africa.

It read: “The WHO report also shows that routine immunisation coverage has increased considerably across Africa since 2000; measles deaths declined by 86 per cent between 2000 and 2014,” part of the statement indicated.

“The introduction of new vaccines has been a major success. However, three critical diseases including measles, rubella and neo-natal tetanus remain endemic.

“Many countries also have fragile health systems that leave immunisation programmes vulnerable to shocks.”

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