Thursday, 12 April 2012
Nigeria has succeeded in implementing major improvements in routine immunization (RI) over the past three years; national DTP3 coverage rates reached a high of 69% in 2010.1 However, this progress comes in the context of ongoing vaccine stock-outs, significant coverage heterogeneity among states, an overall coverage rate below the average for Africa, and an under-five mortality rate of 138 child deaths per 1,000 live births—the 18th highest rate in the world.2 Scaling up coverage for current and future vaccines can reduce mortality from childhood killers like pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria, which account for over 60% of deaths among Nigerian children less than 5 years of age. Vaccines can bring economic benefits as well: according to recent IVAC projections, achieving 90% immunization coverage in the next decade could add $17 billion to the Nigerian economy.
Given the significant burden of vaccine-preventable diseases in Nigeria, improving RI coverage would reduce child mortality and accelerate progress towards the MDG 4 target. So in 2011, IVAC conducted a Landscape Analysis of Routine Immunization in Nigeria, (LARI), to identify key barriers to RI and a range of potential high-impact solutions.
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News Release: US Vice-president Condoles Nigeria “For The Lives Lost In The Boko Haram Attacks On Easter Weekend In Kaduna And Kano”
|Joe Biden: US Vice-president|
Vice President Biden welcomed Federal Republic of Nigeria Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo to the White House yesterday as part of the United States’ commitment to peace and prosperity for Nigeria and for the entire West African region.
The Vice President offered his condolences and those of the American people to Vice President Sambo for the lives lost in the Boko Haram attacks on Easter weekend in Kaduna and Kano. Vice President Biden reiterated our strong support for Nigeria and its efforts to improve socioeconomic and security conditions across the country, including in the north.
The Vice Presidents discussed opportunities to deepen cooperation on issues of mutual interest such as advancing trade and investment, promoting peace and security in West Africa, and countering terrorism.
Vice President Biden thanked Vice President Sambo for Nigeria’s important role on the continent, and its exemplary leadership during the unrest in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, and elsewhere.
Vice President Sambo reaffirmed to the Vice President his Government’s commitment to expanding services and access to electricity, enhancing infrastructure to aid development, and improving the quality of life for all of Nigeria’s citizens.
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