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Immunization

Globally, immunization prevents 2-3 million deaths each year. The World Health Organization estimates that the remaining under-5 deaths — approximately 1.5 million deaths annually — could be prevented with existing vaccines. Success in reducing vaccine-preventable mortality has been dramatic, but it cannot be taken for granted.

MCSP works to operationalize USAID’s longstanding commitment to strengthen routine immunization (RI). By increasing capacity to achieve and sustain high and equitable immunization coverage levels with all appropriate vaccines, we are reaching the unreached and reducing child mortality.

Our approach:

  • Provides the foundation for timely vaccination;
  • Supports and sustains new vaccine introduction;
  • Contributes to the achievement of disease control initiatives; and
  • Advances other health interventions.

MCSP is a global leader in the arena of immunization, helping to shape policies and strategies in close partnership with the WHO, UNICEF, GAVI, and ministries of health. Our participation in selected global working groups and committees amplifies the Program’s learning while infusing the strategic and operational plans of key partners with pragmatic, operational considerations.

We aim to ensure that resources are used effectively to strengthen country-level capability to manage the delivery of immunization services and promote their acceptance and utilization. By strengthening key neglected program components of the RI system—such as the supply chain and community partnerships— we are helping to ensure timely childhood vaccination and improving the quality and local use of data.

Our team applies a variety of strategies to build the capacity of immunization service providers and managers. These include in-service training, supportive supervision, on-the job training, and pre-service education. MCSP also partners with WHO to develop, review and adapt capacity-building materials to be used at the country level.

Fostering strong partnerships between the health system and communities is critical to achieving our global goals. These partnerships improve the shared planning, delivery, utilization and monitoring of immunization services, and give particular attention to reaching underserved populations and reducing drop-out rates.

To download MCSP’s immunization fact sheet, click here.

Key Facts

  • Immunization currently averts up to 3 million deaths every year.
  • 1.5 million children under five die each year due to diseases that can be prevented by vaccination.
  • An estimated 21.8 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines and routine immunization services.

Sources:

  • WHO