It takes more than a vaccine to make a successful immunization program. This World Immunization Week, we are taking a look at some of the factors that contribute to effective immunization programs.

This article was originally posted on the DSW Blog.

Photo: Sabin CEO Michael W. Marine, Ambassador (Ret.), with Former President of Ghana, John Kufuor

By the Dengue Vaccine Initiative

Each year, typhoid kills an estimated 200,000 people, most of whom are children. The burden of typhoid is greatest among those living in poverty throughout Asia and Africa, but the disease has now become a serious threat in destabilized nations in the Middle East.

International efforts to improve dengue communication and advocacy have increased over the last years, as dengue becomes one of the fastest spreading vector-borne diseases.

Photo: Hon. Elene Tine, Senegalese Parliamentarian and Parliamentary Coalition President at the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. Photo courtesy of DFA/WHO

Immunization programs all over the world face tight budgets and limited resources. This means that immunization managers, who are responsible for managing and integrating all elements of the program, don’t always get the necessary training and professional support.

The first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa was held this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference brought together government officials, advocates, religious leaders and partner organizations from across the continent, with ministry speakers from a dozen African countries.

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