IBI Supports Achieving Complete Immunization
Tuesday, April 25, 2018
Indonesian Midwives Association, represented by the Secretary General, Mrs. Tuminah Wiratnoko, attended the Media Seminar "Achieving Complete Immunization: Protecting and be Protected" organized by the Indonesian Pediatrics Association (IDAI) to commemorate the 2018 World Immunization Week.
Immunization saved millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the most successful and effective (cost-effective) health interventions in the world. However, there are still more than 19 million children in the world who are not vaccinated or the vaccinations are incomplete, which makes them very risky for suffering potentially deadly diseases. Of these children, 1 in 10 children have never received any vaccinations, and are generally undetectable by the health system. Expanding immunization access is crucial in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). Vaccination not only prevents the suffering and deaths associated with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, diarrhea, measles, pneumonia (pulmonary infection), polio, and whooping cough, vaccination also helps support national priorities such as education and economic development.
World Immunization Week, commemorated in the last week of April that this year falls on 24-30 April 2018, focuses on the collective action necessary to ensure everyone is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Key Facts About Immunization
1) Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from diseases that can be prevented by immunization, including tuberculosis, hepatitis B, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, measles, pneumonia, mumps, rotavirus diarrhea, rubella , and cervical cancer.
2) Current immunization is estimated to prevent 2 to 3 million deaths annually. An additional 1.5 million deaths can be prevented if the coverage of global immunization increases.
3) During 2016, an estimated 116.5 million (about 86%) of children under 1 year of age worldwide receive 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccine. These children are protected from infectious diseases that can cause serious illness or disability and are fatal.
4) About 19.5 million babies in the world still miss basic immunizations. About 60% of these children live in 10 countries: Angola, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Indians, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa
5) The global immunization coverage has stagnated at 86%, with no significant changes over the past few years.
6) There is an increase in the use of new vaccines and less useful vaccines.
On that occasion, all stakeholders including Indonesian Midwife Association also supported Complete Immunization by signing the commitment of support to achieve complete immunization in Indonesia.
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