The secretary general of the Liberia Immunization Platform (LIP), a civil society group based in Monrovia recently disclosed that 20 percent of 24 million children globally did not get vaccinated.
Mr. James B. Ballah was quoting the global reports on the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) of the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
The LIP official noted that most of the 24,000,000 children that were not vaccinated live in the poorest countries, where many factors combined to thwart attempts to raise vaccine coverage rates.
These included fragile or non-existence health service infrastructure and difficult geographic terrain.
The LIP executive further disclosed that the global partners’ statistics revealed that 40,000,000 children are yet to be vaccinated and immunized through the collective Expanded Program of Immunization globally.
“In spite of the enormous challenges, LIP believes current civil society advocacy groups have organized to strengthen the immunization coverage of Liberian children throughout the country,” said Mr. Ballah.
“. . . by 2012, the Global Alliance Vaccine Immunization (GAVI) could boast that the global alliance had supported immunization for an estimated number of 440,000,000 children globally.”
Such an enormous numerical achievement of listing could be the combined populations of United States, France and United Kingdom.
The LIP boss intimated that GAVI support had contributed to the prevention of 6,000,000 future deaths caused by preventable infectious diseases.
The LIP official also disclosed that GAVI had committed US$ 8.2 billion to all the entity’s alliance programs, including used and under used vaccines and health system strengthening programs in the world’s poorest countries.
He admonished the delegates at the first General Assembly of LIP to consider the fact that they are the prime movers of the entity’s immunization initiatives throughout the country.
“It is the mothers, fathers, children, community caregivers, Liberian Government, donor partners and traditional chiefs and all Liberians that are equally responsible to save the life of that child,” Mr. Ballah asserted.
The LIP secretary general thanked the Catholic Relief Service of Liberia for its technical, financial and administrative capacity support during the few years of their partnership and collaboration.