"Last week a global health event took place in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, to foster greater political will and explore ways to accelerate results, innovation, sustainability, and equity in the field of immunization," Baroness Hollins, emeritus professor of psychiatry of disability at St George's University of London, writes in the BMJ Group Blog about the GAVI Partners Forum. She discusses the GAVI Alliance's work and the benefits of vaccination strategies, writing, "[W]e need to ensure that governments around the world commit to the global vaccines action plan and that innovative, effective, and cost efficient organizations like the GAVI Alliance are supported to carry out their vital work." She continues, "It is simply unacceptable that, in the 21st century, any child should die from a vaccine-preventable disease or acquire a serious physical or mental impairment which was entirely preventable. We must continue to support vaccination efforts in the developing world to ensure that as many children as possible lead healthy, active lives" (12/12).
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