Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa

Africa has made tremendous gains over the last several years in increasing access to immunization. Expanded immunization coverage was largely responsible for a 55% reduction in child deaths across the continent from 1990 to 2012. Despite this remarkable progress, Africa is falling behind on meeting global immunization targets. One in five children in Africa still does not receive all the basic life-saving vaccines he or she needs, and fewer than 15 African countries fund more than 50% of their national immunization programs. The African continent is striving to reach every child with life-saving vaccines, but attaining this goal will require robust immunization systems, active community support and demand, and strong political will.