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.

Why Rotavirus Vaccine Introduction in Nigeria is a Milestone for Child Health

In August 2022, Nigeria became the most recent country to introduce the rotavirus vaccine into its national immunization program. The integration of the rotavirus vaccine into Nigeria’s routine immunization schedule is expected to help reduce at least 40% of morbidity and mortality associated with rotavirus infections amongst children.

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.

Vaccination de la mère : protégés ensemble

La vaccination de la mère est une stratégie prometteuse pour la protection des mères, des fœtus en développement et des jeunes nourrissons au cours d’une période particulièrement vulnérable de leur vie, en particulier dans les pays à revenu faible ou intermédiaire où la morbidité et la mortalité chez les femmes et leurs enfants sont élevées. Pendant la grossesse, les vaccins permettent aux anticorps de la mère de pénétrer dans le placenta, protégeant ainsi les mères et leurs bébés contre les maladies mettant leur vie en danger.

Possibilités : les bienfaits considérables de la vaccination

L’histoire de la vaccination fait souvent la une des journaux en raison de ses avantages remarquables pour la santé, car elle permet de sauver des millions de vies et d’éviter des maladies et des hospitalisations. Toutefois, le véritable impact de la vaccination est bien plus étendu, se faisant ressentir dans de nombreux domaines de la vie de chacun, allant de l’aide à la croissance et au développement de la petite enfance à l’amélioration des résultats scolaires et de la productivité, en passant par la promotion de la stabilité économique. De plus elle aide à combler les écarts d’égalité. Il est de toute évidence impossible de nier l’importance de la vaccination.

Pour cette Semaine mondiale de la vaccination, les rédacteurs en chef de VoICE soulignent certains grands avantages de la vaccination, celle-ci n’aidant pas seulement à prévenir les maladies et à sauver des vies, mais favorisant aussi un développement sain, la productivité, la stabilité économique et l’égalité pour tous.