July 16, 2019

According to a joint study by the WHO and UNICEF, 20 million children worldwide failed to receive potentially lifesaving vaccines in 2018.

Key highlights of the report: 

  • More than one in 10 children – almost 20 million worldwide – failed to receive potentially lifesaving vaccines in 2018.  

  • In 2018, 19.4 million children were not fully vaccinated, up from 18.7 million in 2017. 

  • 10 countries accounted for 11.7 of the 19.4 million under and non-vaccinated youngsters in the world, in particular Nigeria (three million), India (2.6 million) and Pakistan (1.4 million). 

  • Global protection against four diseases that are regarded as a gauge of overall coverage - diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and measles - has “stalled” at around 86 % since 2010. Ideally, it should be 95 % across countries and communities globally. 

  • The best regional performer for vaccine reach in 2018 was Europe, whose more than 90 % rate was 18 % higher than Africa, the lowest-performing region. 

  • Conflict, Cost and Complacency are key factors in stagnating global vaccination rates. 

  • Some 350,000 measles cases were reported globally last year -- more than double the 2017 number. Ukraine has been identified as the country with the highest measles incidence rate in 2018.