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Developing Countries: Vaccination

International Development written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Tony Cunningham Tony Cunningham Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK support for immunisation reaches those children who are unimmunised.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The UK supports basic health service delivery in some of the poorest countries which includes routine immunisation for all children. Some health systems supplement their routine services with periodic campaigns, including most commonly, for polio and measles. Campaigns are designed to reach children who may not have been immunised through routine health services and these can be the poorest and most marginalised. The UK provides support to both polio and measles through global partnership arrangements.

UK support for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI Alliance) means that children have the chance of protection with new and underused vaccines. UK support to GAVI will fund the vaccination of 80 million children and save 1.4 million lives by 2015. For example, GAVI support helps ensure that children are receiving pneumococcal vaccine, to prevent a severe form of pneumonia, in countries where the vaccine would otherwise be unavailable.

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