Photo: Mothers await vaccinations for their children at the Bumpe Government Clinic in Bo District. Sierra Leone 2012 © Lynsey Addario/VII
"Decade of Vaccines" Blueprint Ignores High Prices, Lacks Ambition on Better-Adapted Vaccines to Help Reach More Children
Governments meeting at the World Health Organization’s Executive Board this week must seize the opportunity to improve serious shortcomings in the document that will drive the global community’s vaccines response for the next decade. If they fail to do so, some of the key reasons for why millions of children continue to die of vaccine preventable causes will be left unaddressed.
Countries will decide how to assess the success and steer the activities of the “Global Vaccine Action Plan,” a $50-billion vaccine initiative for the developing world. Although the high price of some vaccines threatens many countries’ abilities to sustain its vaccine programs, the Vaccine Action Plan so far does not include any measures to monitor or control prices.
“The cost of vaccinating a child has risen by 2,700 percent over the last decade, so it is puzzling that the vaccines blueprint for the next decade does not have a goal to bring prices down,” said Dr. Manica Balasegaram, executive director of MSF’s Access Campaign. “Governments in countries where we work are increasingly worried about how they will foot the bill for vaccines when donor support tapers off.”

Photo: Mothers await vaccinations for their children at the Bumpe Government Clinic in Bo District. Sierra Leone 2012 © Lynsey Addario/VII

"Decade of Vaccines" Blueprint Ignores High Prices, Lacks Ambition on Better-Adapted Vaccines to Help Reach More Children

Governments meeting at the World Health Organization’s Executive Board this week must seize the opportunity to improve serious shortcomings in the document that will drive the global community’s vaccines response for the next decade. If they fail to do so, some of the key reasons for why millions of children continue to die of vaccine preventable causes will be left unaddressed.

Countries will decide how to assess the success and steer the activities of the “Global Vaccine Action Plan,” a $50-billion vaccine initiative for the developing world. Although the high price of some vaccines threatens many countries’ abilities to sustain its vaccine programs, the Vaccine Action Plan so far does not include any measures to monitor or control prices.

“The cost of vaccinating a child has risen by 2,700 percent over the last decade, so it is puzzling that the vaccines blueprint for the next decade does not have a goal to bring prices down,” said Dr. Manica Balasegaram, executive director of MSF’s Access Campaign. “Governments in countries where we work are increasingly worried about how they will foot the bill for vaccines when donor support tapers off.”

71 notes

Show

  1. ahighwayunicorn reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  2. delusionalawareness reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  3. theydonotmove reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  4. showthelightofday reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  5. donna-old-blog reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  6. brightfell reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  7. babbleguff reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  8. patient-safety reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  9. lacommunarde reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  10. ghanabakwamena reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  11. myvoicemyright reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  12. salibonani reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  13. sammysayalot reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  14. the-lively-catacomb reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  15. adistinguishedvillain reblogged this from johnwatsonismycopilot
  16. lymphonodge reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  17. the-electric-boogaloo reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  18. ppastudentvoice reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  19. mikaelaphetamine reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  20. thespammmm reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  21. johnwatsonismycopilot reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  22. kendalsgotherwings reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  23. leenyk reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  24. barephoot138 reblogged this from alxndrasplace
  25. alxndrasplace reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders
  26. manysideffects reblogged this from doctorswithoutborders