The Lancet Infectious Disease
Mar 2011 Volume 11 Number 3 Pages 153 – 252
Vaccine progress reveals resource gaps in developing countries
Talha Khan Burki
In 1990, the baseline year for the Millennium Development Goals, more than 12 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday. By 2009, this number had been reduced to 8 million. Sturdy progress, certainly, but if Millennium Development Goal 4—which aims to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015—is to be achieved the present rate of decline will not suffice. A new report by Save the Children, No Child Born to Die, warns of three resource gaps—immunisation, health workers, and financing—that are impeding progress towards the attainment of Millennium Development Goal 4.