Immunization is a cornerstone of efforts to promote health
Vaccination of a missed boy in a nomad camp in
Niger during door-to-door monitoring.
Photo: Jean Nkanza
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), immunization now saves 3 million lives and prevents 750,000 disabilities worldwide each year, making it the single greatest public health achievement of all time. WHO's Commission on Macroeconomics and Health concurred in 2001 that immunization is one of the most cost-effective health interventions available, saving millions of lives, reducing poverty, and promoting economic development and global security. However, much more remains to be done as 2.1 million people still died from vaccine-preventable diseases in 2002.
To learn more about what the world – including the Canadian International Immunization Initiative Phase 3 (CIII-3) – is doing to save children's lives through immunization, visit the pages below:
- Canada's Role in Global Immunization
- FAQs: Childhood Immunization and the Expanded Programme on Immunization
- Milestones in Global Immunization
- Photo Gallery of CIII-2 Technical Missions
Access to health care including immunization is a right for all children. CIII-3 is privileged to join in this commendable global effort.