Infectious Diseases of Poverty
[Accessed 20 Apr 2019]
| 18 April 2019
Health and immunisation services for the urban poor in selected countries of Asia
Asia is a region that is rapidly urbanising. While overall urban health is above rural health standards, there are also pockets of deep health and social disadvantage within urban slum and peri-urban areas that represent increased public health risk. With a focus on vaccine preventable disease and immunisation coverage, this commentary describes and analyses strengths and weaknesses of existing urban health and immunisation strategy, with a view to recommending strategic directions for improving access to immunisation and related maternal and child health services in urban areas across the region. The themes discussed in this commentary are based on the findings of country case studies published by the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) on the topic of immunisation and related health services for the urban poor in Cambodia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
Authors: John Grundy, Xiaojun Wang, Kunihiko Chris Hirabayashi, Richard Duncan, Dexter Bersonda, Abu Obeida Eltayeb, Godwin Mindra and Robin Nandy