Chairman, Association of Civil Society Organisations Working in Malaria, Immunization and Nutrition, ACOMIN, Kogi chapter, Malam Sani Abubakar, has said that estimated three million deaths were being averted yearly through immunisation of children between age 1-5 and pregnant mothers.
He solicited for media partnership in order to ensure increased access to vaccines.
Abubakar disclosed this at the weekend, noting that increased access to vaccines would enhance immunisation against life-threatening diseases, especially among pregnant women and children in the society.
ACOMIN boss, who said he was out to solicit for media partnership in order to ensure increased access to the vaccines, said the roundtable parley with media organisations was part of the activities to mark the World Immunization Week, with the theme; “Close the Immunization Gap”.
While stressing that the body is out to focus on global platform and to strengthen the collective efforts to ensure vaccination for every child wherever they lived, Abubakar said immunisation had over the years proven to be a tool for control and elimination of life-threatening infectious diseases.
The ACOMIN Chairman said that to close the immunisation gap, the GAVI-CSO constituency project with four platform objectives aimed at increasing vaccine uptake at the grassroots level required collaboration of the media.
The collaboration, according to him, is also needed to increase community participation in immunisation activities through education and communication to create demands for vaccines.
Abubakar enumerated the role of CSOs on immunisation to include, partnership with government as important actors in implementing immunization programmes as well as strengthening health systems and training health workers.
Others are supporting logistics and vaccine delivery, ensuring transparency and accountability by bridging the gap between governments or global health actors such as GAVI and communities and influencing public policy.
He noted that the Global Vaccine Action Plan, GVAP, envisioned a world where everyone lived a life free from vaccine preventable diseases by 2020.

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