Each year, 3.1 million children die before reaching their fifth birthday due to malnutrition-related causes. On her son’s fifth birthday, nutrition advisor Carrie Hubbell Melgarejo reflects on the factors that helped him ‘survive to five’ in good health.
In advance of the first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa, the Maternal and Child Survival Program’s Katrin DeCamp and Robert Steinglass provide three key points about how to overcome immunization challenges.
One in five children in the African region does not receive the vaccines they need, while immunization coverage for Africa has stagnated over the past three years and health systems remain weak. The global health community realizes the Reaching Every District (RED) approach has not been fully implemented in many countries, and did not reach all underserved. It is against this background that a gathering was convened last month to exchange best practices for achieving equitable immunization access in Africa.