SAGE issues its 2018 assessment report of the Global Vaccine Action Plan
Immunization has proven the test of time as one of public health’s most cost-effective interventions. In 2017, the number of children immunized – 116.2 million – was the highest ever reported. Since 2010, 113 countries have introduced new vaccines, and more than 20 million additional children have been vaccinated.
Nevertheless, this year starkly illustrates how easily hard-won gains are lost. Because of low coverage nationally, or pockets of low coverage, multiple WHO regions have been hit with large measles and diphtheria outbreaks causing many deaths. The continued detection of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus is further evidence that national immunization programmes are not achieving the goal of reaching every child.
This picture provides a backdrop for discussions of the future of immunization after 2020. The immunization community must seek to maintain its hard-won gains but also aim to do more and to do things better. Immunization is a central pillar of universal health coverage, providing an infrastructure for effective and equitable health systems. Immunization contributes to multiple Sustainable Development Goals, global health security and the battle against antimicrobial resistance.
19.9 milliondid not receive routine life-saving vaccinations in 2017Immunization coverage data
98countries have a NITAG (National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups) which meets GVAP functionality criteria in 2017NITAG resource center
Global Vaccine Action Plan reports
Global and Regional Vaccine Action Plans
Last updated: 5 November 2018
- SAGE Decade of Vaccines Working Group
- Reaching everyone, everywhere with life-saving vaccines
- Sustainable Development Goals
- The Global Strategy For Women’s, Children’s And Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030)
- Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent (IAP)
- Accountability for Women’s and Children’s health
- Global Strategy for Women's and Children's health
- Independent Expert Review Group
- Decade of Vaccines supplement