For Every Child, good health
Immunization gives millions of children a chance to grow up healthy and reach their full potential
Historically, immunization is one of the most effective public health interventions, giving millions of children the opportunity to grow up healthy and reach their full potential.
UNICEF works with the Ministry of Health and its Expanded Programme on Immunization to make sure that every child in Ghana, regardless of where they are, has access to the vaccines they need to not only survive, but thrive.
This includes prompt, reliable and cost-efficient vaccines procurement and distribution. It also includes, among several complementary activities, dedicated support to cold chain system strengthening to keep vaccines safe and effective as they reach the communities that need them most.
Ghana made substantive gains on immunization over the past 30 years. However, the resurgence of measles in Ghana, as in other countries, is alarming and demonstrates how quickly gains in child survival and development can be reversed.
Outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases in recent weeks are an unwelcome reminder that we cannot take continued progress for granted.
The Government of Ghana, the private sector, traditional and social media, international agencies and civil society all have a role to play to respect, protect and fulfil children’s right to health.
Together, we must ensure that immunization programmes for children are ringfenced against economic shocks, are financially sustainable and contribute to stronger health systems that deliver integrated primary health care services and prioritize marginalized and underserved communities.
For Every Child, health.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.