Despite incredible progress, 1 in 7 children around the world miss out on life-saving vaccinations. We’ve been fighting to achieve universal immunisation coverage for children, working around the world to try and give all children a healthy start in life.
While 85% of children around the world now receive the most basic vaccines, such as pneumonia, measles and hepatitis B, many are still left behind. Two-thirds of children living in a country affected by conflict are not immunised.
Children from marginalised groups are more likely to be denied access to immunisation – 400 million children are at risk of being excluded, simply because they belong to a certain ethnic, religious or indigenous group, or because they’ve been affected by migration and are on the move.
The fact that these children are being left behind is no accident. Sadly, it’s the result of neglectful policies and programmes, which fail to prioritise certain children and the communities in which they live.
It’s one of the most cost-effective ways we have of preventing illness, with an economic return of around £12 for every £1 invested. When used effectively, immunisation can help to prevent millions of deaths – between 1990 and 2017, preventable child deaths decreased by 60%, from 12.7 million to 5.4 million.