Linking with other interventions
Every year nearly 7 million children in low income countries die before they reach their fifth birthday. Almost two-thirds of these deaths are the result of infectious diseases -- malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea, sepsis, measles, and AIDS --- that could be prevented through cost-effective, available interventions.
Each year immunization programmes reach about 80% of the world's children, as well as their mothers, through an estimated 500 million contacts - more than any other public health programme. Routine immunization services provide an efficient, sustainable channel for the distribution of other life saving interventions to those who are most vulnerable - young children and women.
Integration is one of the six guiding principles of the Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020 (GVAP) which recognizes that that the achievement of immunization goals depends on strong immunization programmes that are closely coordinated and work in synergy with other primary health care delivery programmes. Strategic Objective #4 of GVAP (pages 50-57) further expands on the opportunity for immunization to serve as a delivery platform for other priority public health interventions.
This section includes information about interventions that have successfully been integrated during vaccination campaigns (vitamin A supplementation, anthelminthic (deworming) drugs, treated bed nets for malaria prevention, etc.) which will enable countries to make decisions about packages of interventions to be provided during outreach activities.
Vitamin A supplementation
- Information on integrating vitamin A supplementation with immunization.
- Vitamin A supplementation in infants and children 6-59 months of age.
Malaria Control and Immunization
- Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs)
- Intermittent preventive treatment in infants (IPTi)
- Intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp)
- Malaria vaccine development
Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI)
The integrated Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD)
Last reviewed: 10 August 2015