Each year, over 100 million children are immunized against tuberculosis, polio, measles, rubella, and other diseases. But millions of other children in Brazil and other countries do not have access to them.
Public and private organizations around the world have gathered in an effort to immunize all children. In 1999 was formed the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) in search of this global immunization. However, to date, 21 percent of children have no access to vaccines necessary.
Every year, 2.4 million children die from preventable diseases despite the availability of effective vaccines.
Millions more survive, though seriously harmed. The far-reaching effects of childhood diseases hamper the ability of those who survive, damaging or even disabling one day be able to work, take care of themselves or others. This puts a strain on their families and on the economies of developing countries.
An effective vaccination campaign should take into account that, besides the cost, impossible to be borne by those who often need becomes almost impossible to ensure safe transportation of high-quality vaccines.
Delivering high-quality vaccines safely requires an accurate temperature control system, called the "cold chain". Vaccines must be transported at the correct temperature to prevent freezing or are exposed to too much heat.
Unfortunately, in many countries, including in the poorest regions of Brazil, it is difficult to ensure this type of airport transfer for villages where children who need vaccines exist.
We believe that a coordinated effort to develop and distribute new underused effort can save millions of lives.
Enlisting the activeness of national governments, their partners in global development, pharmaceutical companies, non-governmental organizations, community health workers, parents and children can increase the use of effective vaccines, but underused, and introduce new vaccines to prevent a total of 4 million deaths per year.