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Groundbreaking Nigeria summit results in major commitment to reduce child deaths
Date:4/23/2012

ly introducing the meningitis A vaccine, designed specifically to curb meningitis outbreaks among sub-Saharan African populations. Yet vaccine coverage rates still fall short of the 90% target, and more than one million Nigerian children die before the age of five every year. Studies show that scaling up new and existing vaccines to 90% coverage could save more than 600,000 Nigerian children in the next 10 years, and eventually add an economic value equivalent to $17 billion to the nation's economy.

"The actions taken by Nigeria's leaders this week are a critical step toward protecting Nigeria's next generation. We salute their vision, commitment and political will to make needed changes," said Orin Levine, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "Together with civil society, we look forward to assuring that today's political will translates into practical action on the ground."

An IVAC study conducted in collaboration with the government of Nigeria detailed what it found to be the most feasible and impactful Nigerian-driven solutions for scaling up vaccine access in the country. Currently, access to and availability of vaccines varies widely among the country's 36 states, and vaccine stock-outs remain an issue.

The 2012 Nigerian Vaccine Summit represents a collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, the Pediatric Association of Nigeria, IVAC and other Nigerian and international partners. More information on the Summit and its outcomes can be found at http://nigeriavaccinesummit.org/.


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Contact: Julie Younkin
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410-340-9784
International Vaccine Access Center
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