Activists Call for Passing of Immunization Bill, 2013
Uganda is one of the developing countries still burdened with preventable diseases. "One of the ways to ensure a productive population is through conducting immunization of children. This practice however faces numerous challenges, meaning that many Ugandan children remain at risk."
Parliament is in the process of debating the Immunization bill, 2013. Once passed, the law will operationalize the immunization policy and place obligation on the Ugandan government to provide vaccines.
"According to the Parliamentary forum on immunization, Uganda's immunization rates fluctuate periodically, with current figures showing it stands at 70%."
Previous efforts to pass the bill have been unsuccessful, but supporters are hoping the bill will be passed before the 2016 campaign period begins.