One in five children in Africa lack access to life-saving vaccines

A child receives a dose of measles vaccine in Rongai, Nairobi, November 2nd, 2012. Kenya is among a number of African countries at risk of a measles outbreak because parents are not immunising their children. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Vaccine-preventable diseases include but are not limited to measles, polio, whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, meningitis, yellow fever, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, pneumonia, diarrhoea  and cervical cancers.
  • Among these diseases, measles remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.

It is estimated that about three million children under five years of age die each year in the African Region and a significant number of these deaths could be prevented by vaccines.

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