Immunization: ACOMIN solicits media partnership for increased vaccine access

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Malam Sani Abubakar, chairman, Association of Civil Society Organisations Working in Malaria, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN) Kogi chapter has solicited media partnership for increased access to vaccines.
Abubakar who made the call at a CSO/Media Roundtable in Lokoja on Saturday said increased access to vaccines would enhance immunization against life-threatening diseases especially among pregnant women and children.

He said the occasion was part of activities to mark the World immunization week themed “Close the Immunization Gap” with a focus on global platform to strengthen the collective efforts to ensure vaccination for every child wherever they live

Abubakar said immunization had over the years proven to be a tool for control and elimination of life-threatening infectious diseases.

He hinted that statistics had shown that estimated three million deaths were being averted yearly through immunization of children between age 1-5 (one to five) and pregnant mothers.

The ACOMIN chairman said that to close the immunization gap, the GAVI-CSO constituency project with four platform objectives aimed at increasing vaccine uptake at the grassroots level required collaboration of the media.

The collaboration according to him is also needed to increase community participation in immunization activities through education and communication to create demands for vaccines.

Abubakar enumerated the role of CSOs on immunization to include partnership with government as important actors in implementing immunization programmes as well as strengthening health systems and training health workers.

Others are supporting logistics and vaccine delivery, ensuring transparency and accountability by bridging the gap between governments or global health actors such as GAVI and communities and influencing public policy.

Abubakar noted that the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) envisioned a world where everyone lived a life free from vaccine preventable diseases by 2020.

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