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11 NGOs Immunizing the World

Next week is World Immunization Week. Therefore we want to show you a list of NGOs immunizing the world. What exactly is World Immunization Week and when did it start? This awareness of how necessary vaccines are to world health began in 2012 as the World Health Organization (WHO) added it to its list of health commemorations. It’s an annual, weeklong celebration held at the end of April. Twenty-five infectious diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis, polio, and tetanus are preventable in addition to other diseases. The WHO estimates that 22.6 million infants worldwide still miss out on these basic vaccines. To raise peoples’ awareness of the need for vaccines for themselves and their children, WHO began this public health campaign. We at Raptim understand this movement as we work for humanitarians and acknowledge the great work they do.

Why World Immunization Week is Important

Protected Together, #VACCINESWORK is this year’s theme.

  • Immunizations: In 2016, 116.5 million infants worldwide received 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine.
  • Measles: Deaths between 2000 and 2016 decreased 84% worldwide due to measles vaccinations.
  • Polio: Three countries (Pakistan, Nigeria, and Afghanistan) remain polio-endemic. This is down from 125 in 1988.

Vaccines prevent illnesses including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus, diarrhea, rubella, and finally tetanus that can cause disability and/or death in both adults and children. Want to know more?

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11 NGOs Immunizing the World

Here’s a list of NGOs immunizing the world. This list of NGOs that is not exhaustive. We made a selection of NGOs but want to know more about them. We placed them in alphabetical order. Should anyone not be on the list, do not hesitate to contact us through Twitter.

1. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to saving millions of lives each year by providing support for global immunizations. One in five children worldwide does not have access to basic vaccines and the newer vaccines that prevent such life-threatening diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia. See the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative below for a description of its work in preventing death and severe disabling illnesses like polio.

2. Clinton Foundation

The rollout of new vaccines for poor countries is the goal of the Clinton Foundation with its Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) that partners with the governments of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Malawi to rollout new pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines and to gather and distribute data on such successful programs in other countries.

3. Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi)

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) is a world leader in vaccine support, currently offering 13 lifesaving vaccines. Indeed, its mission is to save children’s lives and protect people’s health in lower-income countries. At the end of the twentieth century, immunization in poorer countries was stagnating and even halted, so the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged US$ 750 million over five years to bring together public and private sectors to alleviate this problem. Their new approach brought immunizations, local expertise, and access to new vaccines. The ultimate goal was to help countries pay for this vital health care—and it works! By 2016, Gavi had reached more than 640 million children and prevented more than 9 million deaths. By 2020, the aim is to reach 300 million children and prevent 5-6 million deaths over the long term.

4. Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)

A polio-free world is the goal of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) along with its core partners the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and finally the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Over 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated with the help of 20 million volunteers in 200 countries. This disease-specific organization continues immunization and surveillance programs in its successful, polio-free countries and in the three polio-endemic countries of Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

5. Immunization Action Coalition USA (IAC)

This 317 Coalition aims to secure funding from the US Congress to meet to nation’s immunization needs and to educate parents and people of all ages about vaccines that save lives. Here’s just one example of a successful project using a current media app: THRIVE (Teen/Young Adult Health Resources, Information & Vaccine Education) provides parents of teens and young adults with a mobile, interactive resource to help them guide these young adults to take care of their own health.

6. Johns Hopkins School of Health (JHSPH)

Research to protect health and save lives is the goal of the Johns Hopkins School of Health (JHSPH). Its International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) works alongside Gavi (see above) to provide evidence-based research to influence policymakers on the effectiveness of vaccines. Its long-term experience facilitates the successful acceleration of new vaccines to poor countries to prevent pneumonia, influenza type B, and rotavirus, all deadly but vaccine-preventable diseases.

7. Rockefeller Foundation (RF)

Beginning in 1985, the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) initiated campaigns to vaccinate children from fatal diseases. In the 1990s, as donor monies for these campaigns began to fade, the Children’s Vaccination Initiative (CVI) of which RF made a significant contribution emerged as a new idea to combine efforts of private and public organizations to shore up the immunization programs in the developing world. Its goal was to improve vaccines, develop new ones, combine vaccines, and improve production and quality control. Impossible? No! More players such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined to reinforce RF and the CVI to create Gavi (see above) to save children’s lives.

8. Taskforce for Global Health

Neglected tropical diseases, influenza, and polio are the focus of the Taskforce for Global Health. They rally pharmaceutical companies to provide money for antibiotics and anti-parasitic medicines. They also provide aid, new vaccines, and education for health workers in cases of pandemic outbreaks such as Ebola. This work is global, but the alliance also works locally such as their program to address public health issues in the US state of Georgia.

9. The Global Fund

Established in 2002, the aim of The Global Fund as a financing institution is to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis, and also malaria. Its method is to raise funds to support immunization programs and medicine distribution programs run by local experts in countries that need the most help. Bill Gates calls it “one of the best and kindest things people have ever done for one another. . .”

10. Unicef

We all know about Unicef, but we might not know how it helps with immunizations. This is part of a plan to “reach every unreached child.” One-third of the deaths among children under the age of 5 are preventable with vaccines. Even nomadic tribes, such as those in Chad, are included in this outreach effort called the Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020.

11. Wellcome

Drug-resistant programs are the focus of the Wellcome organization. This effort supports scientific research to fund new vaccines and drugs such as CARB-X, the Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator for drug-resistant infections. Another program is the Wellcome Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug-Resistant Interactions Consortium (SEDRIC). It brings experts together to identify gaps in global programs to combat this problem of drug-resistant infections and then to affect global policies. Put your money where the infection is!

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