Pfizer Foundation och vaccinationsprogram i Afrika

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Pfizer Foundation går in med 2 miljoner dollar i stöd till UnicefRädda Barnens internationella organisation Save the Children, och International Rescue Committee för att ytterligare hjälpa till i arbetet med FN:s millenniemål. I arbetet med mål nummer 4,”Minska barnadödligheten”, är tillgången på vacciner mycket viktigt. De två miljoner dollar som Pfizer Foundation går in med hjälper till i arbetet med att nå barn i fem afrikanska länder: Etiopien, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda och Zambia.

The Pfizer Foundation today announced $2 million in grant funding for pilot programs to improve immunization coverage in Africa. The programs will focus on interventions to reach underserved populations living in Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Grant recipients include UNICEF, Save the Children and International Rescue Committee. The grants will focus on building the capacity of health care systems within the five countries to ensure that efficient and sustainable vaccine supplies are available to reach children who need access to vaccines. Interventions include mobile platforms for vaccinations, which provide health workers with mobile phones and solar-powered tablets to register children born in a clinic area and help track vaccination schedules in real time. Other interventions include short-message service (SMS) systems, which will be used to monitor vaccines and equipment to identify bottlenecks in the supply chain and prevent stock outs.

The latest U.N. secretary-general report card suggests efforts are still needed to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Goals number 4, reducing the under-5 child mortality, and 5, improving maternal health, remain challenging. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 1.5 million children under 5 years of age still die from diseases that are preventable by vaccination every year, yet almost all unimmunized children have no access to vaccines.


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