In the newly published report by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization, it was noted that some progress have been made towards global immunization goals: the year saw the fewest number of cases of wild poliovirus ever reported, three more countries were certified as having achieved maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination and nine additional countries have introduced new vaccines..
However, there are concerning signs of complacency and inadequate political commitment to immunization. The assessment report provides a series of key recommendations aimed at accelerating progress and provide solutions to key challenges.
Global Vaccine Action Plan indicators
The GVAP portal provides annual data on progress against the indicators of the Monitoring and Evaluation/Accountability Framework.
The indicators measure progress against the GVAP goals to: (1) improve routine immunization to meet vaccination coverage and equity targets; (2) eradicate polio, eliminate measles, rubella and maternal and neonatal tetanus; (3) introduce new and improved vaccines; and (4) spur research and development for the next generation of vaccines and technologies.
The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) ― endorsed by the 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly in May 2012 ― is a framework to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through more equitable access to existing vaccines for people in all communities.
GVAP aims to strengthen routine immunization to meet vaccination coverage targets; accelerate control of vaccine-preventable diseases with polio eradication as the first milestone; introduce new and improved vaccines and spur research and development for the next generation of vaccines and technologies.
Ministers of Health from 194 countries at the 70th World Health Assembly endorsed a resolution on strengthening immunization to achieve the goals of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). In 2012, the Health Assembly endorsed GVAP, a commitment to ensure that no one misses out on vital immunization by 2020.
To date, progress towards the GVAP targets is off track. In 2015, more than 19 million children missed out the basic immunization and overall global immunization coverage has stagnated.
19.5 milliondid not receive routine life-saving vaccinations in 2016Immunization coverage data