South Asia is diverse geographically, linguistically and culturally. The countries in the region are also at different stages of development. Many of the region’s challenges arise from these complexities. But the variation also creates opportunities for shared learning. Across the region, many different approaches have been tried over the years, with varying degrees of success. There is a vast body of knowledge on what works and what does not, based on local experiences. To take full advantage of this, communication, sharing and learning across the region must improve.
A common challenge that programmes in the region face is reaching children in remote areas. Children living in deprived areas often end up missing out on immunisation and other basic health services. Sharing knowledge across the region can help countries adopt and implement strategies to overcome common challenges and work towards meeting regional targets.