SEA/RC66/14 - Progress reports on selected regional committee resolutions: 2012: year of intensification of routine immunization in the South-East Asia region: framework for increasing and sustaining coverage (SEA/RC64/R3)
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AbstractThe annual birth cohort in the WHO South-East Asia Region is estimated at about 40 million. In 2011 the regional diphtheria–tetanus–pertussis (DTP3) coverage was only 75%, and WHO estimates that about 9 million children miss out on the most basic package of immunization. Recognizing this, the Sixty-fourth Session of the WHO South-East Asia Regional Committee adopted resolution SEA/RC64/R3 declaring 2012 as the Year of Intensification of Routine Immunization. Pursuant to that resolution, all Member States developed plans of action focusing on high-risk or hard-to-reach areas and populations for intensified efforts to strengthen immunization services and systems in countries. Intensification efforts include a wide range of activities, from training to build capacity of the health workforce to hiring more staff, improving advocacy and communication on immunization, enhancing community participation, partnership-building, better follow-up and tracking of infants for vaccination and, in some cases, supplementary immunization activities to reach those children that may have missed out on routine services. Member States have made progress, albeit some more than others. However, there are still several countries where efforts must continue in order to reach those that are still not receiving routine services, and to sustain the gains made thus far. The High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting held in the Regional Office in New Delhi from 1 to 3 July 2013 reviewed the attached working paper and made the following recommendations: Actions by Member States (1) To review multi-year national plans of action for immunization to improve focus on specific strategies to reach the hard-to-reach areas or pockets of population in otherwise high coverage areas. (2) To support the implementation of high-quality surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases. (1) To ensure the availability of national resources necessary for a sustainable immunization programme, while making every effort to mobiize additional resources from donors. Actions by WHO-SEARO (1) To work with partners to explore mechanisms to obtain vaccines at the best prices possible, particularly for those small countries who do not require bulk purchase. (2) To provide technical support to countries in the development of their multi-year routine immunization plans of action, monitoring and evaluation activities. (3) To provide technical support to countries for the development of high-quality vaccine-preventable disease surveillance. The working paper and HLP meeting recommendations are submitted to the Sixty-sixth Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2013). SEA/RC66/14 - Progress reports on selected regional committee resolutions: 2012: year of intensification of routine immunization in the South-East Asia region: framework for increasing and sustaining coverage (SEA/RC64/R3). WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128282
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