In july 2017 the world came together in New York to check on progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One year after the international community agreed on a set of clear targets to end poverty and create a peaceful, prosperous globe by 2030, a High-level Political Forum assessed how governments are tackling poor health among other issues. The Forum also reviewed efforts to find new ways and partners to ensure the SDGs met their deadline.
The 17-year history of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, demonstrates the unique benefits of a public-private partnership. By focusing the comparative advantages of global stakeholders in immunisation on a single mission, the Alliance has helped ensure more than 80% of the developing world’s infants have access to a full course of life-saving vaccines. Today, the power of immunisation means hundreds of millions of children, families and communities are thriving and prosperous.
As Gavi pushes for the more inter-connected view of the world needed to meet our 2030 goals, here are six ways that you might not realise how immunisation helps achieve the SDGs:
1. No poverty:
Immunised, healthy children free up their parents to work and grow into a productive future workforce that boosts household incomes and strengthens economies.
2. Zero hunger:
Immunisation and good nutrition are a recipe for healthier children and families.
3. Good health and well-being:
Immunisation is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect the health of children. It is an essential element of sound primary health care.
4. Gender equality:
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines prevent most cervical cancers (70%) amongst adolescent girls. They have a demographic dividend of better women’s health in the next generation, particularly in developing countries.
5. Industry, innovation and infrastructure:
Innovative new vaccines, like the Ebola vaccine, can prevent pandemics before they start and better prepare the world for disease outbreaks.
6. Partnership for the goals:
Immunisation has been transformed over the past two decades by a public-private approach combining the best of both sectors to develop, finance and deliver affordable vaccines to more children in need.
Read more here: http://www.vaccineswork.org/achieving-the-sustainable-development-goals-six-reasons-why-immunisation-matters/