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WHO and UNICEF estimates of national immunization coverage (WUENIC) in 2016

GENEVE, 18 July 2017 - The 2016 WHO/UNICEF estimates of national immunization coverage (WUENIC) are now available. The news of stalling progress is a reminder that the power of vaccines and immunization is still not fully utilized. 

Here are some key highlights:

  • Global coverage of 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus and pertussis containing vaccine (DTPc) remains at 86%, with no significant changes in any countries or regions during the past year. This falls short of the global immunization coverage target of 90%. 
  • Worldwide, an estimated 12.9 million infants -- nearly 1 in 10 -- did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, per DTPc1 coverage estimates. Additionally, an estimated 6.6 million infants who did receive their first dose of DTP-containing vaccine did not complete the full, three dose DTP immunization series in 2016. 
  • Of these children, 7.3 million live in fragile or humanitarian settings, including countries affected by conflict. Four million of them also live in just three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan—where access to routine immunization services is critical to achieving and sustaining polio eradication.
  • 130 of the 194 WHO Member States have achieved and sustained at least 90% coverage for DTPc3 at the national level— one of the targets set out in the Global Vaccine Action Plan. 
  • In 2016, there are eight countries that had less than 50% coverage with DTPc3, including Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic and Ukraine.

Raising the bar on global immunization coverage requires health services reaching these unimmunized children, which means that every contact with the health system must be seen as an opportunity to immunize, in addition to availability of outreach vaccination services in the under-served areas.

I invite you to read the WHO/UNICEF news release (PDF version attached) and visit the WUENIC data website for more details on country profiles and immunization statistics.

Illustrations on the data analysis are also available on the WHO immunization monitoring and surveillance website.

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