Featured Issues

The VoICE Featured Issues are created to update and inform the global child health & immunization advocacy community and health-related communications stakeholders about contemporary topics where immunizations intersect with health and economics. The VoICE editors follow a topic through different sectors and with different perspectives, to outline its linkages to vaccination and broader development ideas. These features also serve as an illustration of how evidence-based messages, backed by credible data, can be used to communicate important immunization and health benefit messages to the global community. We will often publish these features in preparation for upcoming advocacy events or campaigns.

Woman in India holding new baby in healthcare setting

Leaving No Child Behind: Zero-Dose and UHC

December 12th is recognized worldwide as Universal Health Coverage (UHC) day. Universal health coverage “ensures all people, everywhere, can get the quality health services they need without financial hardship.” Equity is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goal target 3.8, which seeks to achieve universal health coverage and financial risk protection for all.  Immunization equity helps ensure that all children, regardless of where they live, have the opportunity to live a full, healthy life.

Vaccines are Key in Combating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing threat to the health of children worldwide. New evidence shows how vaccines are one promising way to combat the global spread of AMR. New research on typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCV) shows how immunization can protect children, families, and communities against the emergence of dangerously resistant superbugs.

 

Integration: Leveraging Immunization for Health System Strengthening

The battle to eliminate polio is one example of how immunization integration can be leveraged to strengthen health systems and build vaccine acceptance. Integration is one of the three pillars of the Endgame Strategy and is highlighted as a strategic priority in the Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030) and in Gavi’s 5.0 strategy.

World Immunization Week 2021 Social Media Toolkit

With all eyes on vaccines, World Immunization Week 2021 (April 24-30) offers an unprecedented opportunity to build public trust in the value of all vaccines and help build long-term support for immunization. Our VoICE social media toolkit provides messaging for immunization advocates on the vital role that vaccines play in strengthening economies, equity, and health for all people across the globe. Use the VoICE toolkit to share how #VaccinesWork to bring us closer by helping improve the health of everyone, everywhere throughout life.

Join us in promoting the message that #VaccinesWork to bring us closer by sharing these social media messages on the value of vaccines.

Nurse Justina Munoz Gonzalez vaccinating four-month-old Olga Damaris outside her home near the remote village of San Pablo near Murra in the Nueva Segovia state of Nicaragua on the northern border with Honduras. Looking on are family members Maricela Salgado Rizo, 5 holding baby Olga, Juan Carlos Salgado Rizo, 4 top left , and extended family members.

The Value of Vaccines: Investments in Immunization Yield High Returns

Vaccines provide incredible value in more ways than one. In addition to saving the lives of millions of children, vaccine programs also provide a high economic return on investment. New research demonstrates the incredible impact and value of vaccination for policymakers.

HPV Vaccines: New Momentum in Eliminating Cervical Cancer

In August of 2020, the World Health Assembly adopted the global strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem. Vaccines against the human papillomavirus (HPV) can prevent the vast majority of the world’s 570,000 annual cases of cervical cancer. Increasing access to the HPV vaccine, as well as screening and treatment, for women and girls living in low- and middle-income countries is an important step for global gender equity, potentially leading to the elimination of cervical cancer within the next 100 years.

Equity and Immunization: Shrinking the Gaps

Although more children than at any point in history are now protected against vaccine-preventable diseases, millions of zero-dose children are still missing out on the life-saving benefits of immunization entirely. These children often live in the world’s most marginalized communities where inequities are clustered and compounded by poverty, geography, gender, and conflict. In order to keep making progress against preventable deaths and illness, leaders will need to integrate equity across global, national, and sub-national immunization strategies.

Maternal Immunization: Protected Together

Maternal immunization is a promising strategy for protecting mothers, the developing fetus, and young infants during a particularly vulnerable time in their lives – especially in low- and middle-income countries where morbidity and mortality among women and their children is high. During pregnancy, vaccines allow antibodies from the mother to cross into the placenta, protecting moms and their babies from life-threatening illnesses.

Possibilities: The Far-Reaching Benefits of Immunization

The story of immunization is often headlined with the remarkable health benefits—millions of lives saved, and illnesses and hospitalizations prevented. But the true impact of vaccination is even more far-reaching, touching many areas of people’s lives from supporting early childhood growth and development to improving educational outcomes and productivity, promoting economic stability, and helping to address equity gaps: It’s seemingly impossible to undersell the importance of vaccination.

This World Immunization Week, the VoICE editors highlight some of the broader benefits of immunization—not only helping to prevent illness and save lives, but also promoting healthy development, productivity, economic stability, and equity for all.

World Immunization Week 2020 Social Media Toolkit

World Immunization Week 2020 (April 24-30) is an opportunity for immunization advocates across the world to promote the value of vaccines for protecting people of all ages against preventable diseases. Our VoICE social media toolkit provides messaging on the vital role that vaccines play in global health. Beyond saving millions of lives every year #VaccinesWork For All by strengthening our health care systems, protecting global health security, shrinking equity gaps, and more.

Join us in promoting the message that #VaccinesWork For All by sharing the evidence on the broad benefits of immunization!