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Armed conflict, a neglected determinant of childhood vaccination: some children are left behind

Journal article
Authors Valery Ngo Ngo
Ngambouk Vitalis Pemunta
Nyenkuna Elisabeth Muluh
Miranda Adedze
Nduma Basil
Simon Agwale
Published in Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics
ISSN 2164-5515
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Public Health Epidemiology Unit
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1080/21645515.20...
Keywords benefits, conflicts, determinants, Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization (GAVI), immunization, leave no child behind, Vaccination, vaccine prventable diseases (VPDs)
Subject categories Health Sciences, Sociology

Abstract

© 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Vaccination is an indisputable intervention that has tremendously mitigated the global burden of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). The number of armed conflicts globally seems to be at an all-time high, with devastating effects on vaccination coverage. This paper will examine how armed conflicts affect childhood vaccination and lead to the reemergence and spread of VPDs. Unarguably, socioeconomic factors, population demographics, the apparent long vaccination timetable, multiple vaccine doses, lack of trust in vaccination processes and the rumor of the adverse effects of some vaccines unnerve some parents and create a puzzle. By bringing under the global floodlight, the impact of armed conflicts which contextually affect vaccination coverage, this article will help strengthen the advocacy for vaccination, and call for the fortification of existing treaties on the rule of engagement during conflicts. In order to eliminate or eradicate VPDs, strategies to reach children that are left behind during conflicts is paramount.

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