About 5 million children in the developing countries die each year from diphtheria, measles, pertussis, poliomyelitis, tetanus, and tuberculosis; and an estimated 80 million children, born in these countries each year, require but do not receive protection from these diseases all of which can be protected by immunization. These facts were made widely known last April on the occasion of World Health Day, whose theme was Immunize and Protect your child. For the children, in the countries concerned it is most important that the benefits of effective routine immunization should be made available as soon as possible. WHO's expanded programme on immunization and the special programme for research and training in tropical diseases may be said to be working to remedy the present situation by cooperating with national authorities, by seeking practical solutions to the operational problems, and by promoting research on technical problems. The article describes the situation in one African country and how an immunization programme was planned and implemented.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||World Health Organization Chronicle|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1977|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Science(all)
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)