About 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die


About 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die

 

May 15, 2020

Global Korean Post

 

Despite the positive impact of strong routine immunization programs, about 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die annually of vaccine-preventable diseases. An estimated 20 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines.

A recent Johns Hopkins University study confirmed that immunization is one of the best buys in public health. The overall economic gain will exceed US$1.5 trillion between 2011 and 2020 across the 94 countries in the study.

Infectious diseases affect women and girls disproportionately due to their role as the main caregivers for the sick, especially children.

Outbreaks of diseases such as the Ebola virus, Zika virus and cholera can develop into unforeseen public health emergencies, where gender inequalities can increase women’s and girls’ exposure, reduce their access to health resources and skew monitoring and reporting of health risks and outcomes.

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