One in three of the world’s under-immunised children lives in South Asia. The region is lagging behind on its elimination targets for measles, and maternal and neonatal tetanus. South Asia is the only region that is still fighting the battle against polio.
Some countries in the region are reaching 90 percent of their child population with vaccines, but there are significant disparities within and between countries. Access to immunisation is impeded by weak health systems, under skilled health workers, and gaps in parents’ awareness about the importance of vaccines.
Routine Immunisation is a key focus of UNICEF’s health programming in South Asia. To continue progress towards full immunisation, UNICEF is intensifying efforts to ensure that all children in the region are vaccinated. Strong political engagement, local partnerships and the timely support of governments are necessary conditions to meet our immunization targets.