Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

State of the world's vaccines and immunization. Third edition

21 October 2009

Key messages - Chapter 4

  • Immunization remains one of the most cost-effective health interventions, even with newer, more expensive vaccines.
  • By keeping children healthy, immunization helps extend life expectancy and the time spent on productive activity, thereby contributing to poverty reduction (MDG 1).
  • Since the year 2000, government spending on vaccines and immunization has been increasing.
  • Since 2000, the level of development assistance for immunization has increased by about 13%.
  • Since 2005, bilateral donors are making use of broadbased funding mechanisms and partnerships to support the health sector as a whole.
  • New sources of funding and innovative funding mechanisms are providing long-term, predictable funding for immunization.
  • There remain funding shortfalls to be addressed if global goals are to be reached.