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Global child immunisation programmes at all-time high: Report

Over 2.5 million child deaths have been prevented in 2008 due to global vaccine and immunisation programmes, which are at an all-time high despite rising costs, a new report has said.

world Updated: Oct 23, 2009 18:38 IST

Over 2.5 million child deaths have been prevented in 2008 due to global vaccine and immunisation programmes, which are at an all-time high despite rising costs, a new report has said.

According to the State of the World's Vaccines and Immunisation Report-2009, more children are now immunised across the globe than ever before.

In the past three decades, immunisation against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles and TB has become increasingly routine, saving an estimated 2.5 million young lives every year, the report said, adding "an estimated 106 million infants received vaccinations in 2008".

"Worldwide, measles death fell by 74 per cent between 2000 and 2007, and vaccinations played an important part in that decline," said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M Veneman.

Veneman said, "Such progress must inspire new efforts to immunise children around the globe against life-threatening diseases".

But improved access and cold chain control (the system to store and transport vaccines safely from manufacturers to recipients) are necessary to make further gains, said the analysis published by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and The World Bank.

"Even in countries with high levels of coverage we do find pockets, large pockets sometimes, of children who are just completely excluded, says UNICEF Chief of Health and Associate Director of Programmes Mickey Chopra.