MSF: Is All Well in the World of Vaccination? We Think a Booster Is Desperately Needed

The Huffington Post
Accessed 2 November 2013

Is All Well in the World of Vaccination? We Think a Booster Is Desperately Needed
Huffington Post US | 31 October 2013
Dr. Manica Balasegaram, Executive director of MSF’s Access Campaign

“…Through its medical humanitarian work, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been delivering vaccines both in deadly disease outbreaks and through routine vaccination in our clinics for decades, often in places grappling with war and violence. A wake-up call about the fact that life-saving vaccines are not getting to children in some of the hardest-to-reach places, happened in the past several years when we began responding to repeated, massive outbreaks of measles. MSF vaccinated more than four million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010 alone.

Increasingly, we feel compelled to speak out about what we believe needs to change in the immunization world, both to make our work more effective and to decrease the number of children who miss out on the benefits of vaccines. As GAVI concludes its ‘mid-term review’ meeting — where it reflected on its accomplishments over the last few years and looked ahead to how it will position itself in the future — we think it’s a good time to suggest several short- and long-term changes that could help reach more of the children who are missing out on life-saving vaccination. GAVI now has a real opportunity to change certain policies, push for easier-to-use products, and negotiate lower prices for vaccines…