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World Immunization Week 2020 #VaccinesWork for All

World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April (24 to 30 April) each year. It aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, there are still nearly 20 million children in the world today who are not getting the vaccines they need.


Microplanning for immunization service delivery using the Reaching Every District (RED) strategy

Key Indicators: The Nepal Demographic and Health Survey (1996 NDHS- 2016 NDHS)


The theme this year is #VaccinesWork for All and the campaign will focus on how vaccines – and the people who develop, deliver and receive them – are heroes by working to protect the health of everyone, everywhere.


The main goal of the campaign is to urge greater engagement around immunization globally and the importance of vaccination in improving health and wellbeing of everyone, everywhere throughout life.


National Immunization Schedule, Nepal (Revised)


As part of the 2020 campaign, WHO and partners aim to:

  • Demonstrate the value of vaccines for the health of children, communities and the world.
  • Show how routine immunization is the foundation for strong, resilient health systems and universal health coverage.
  • Highlight the need to build on immunization progress while addressing gaps, including through increased investment in vaccines and immunization.

Given that WHO has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, WHO will highlight nurses and midwives for their crucial role as early vaccine champions for new parents and parents-to-be.

Why Immunization matters?

Expanding access to immunization is vital for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, poverty reduction and universal health coverage. Immunization is also a fundamental strategy in achieving other health priorities, from controlling viral hepatitis, to curbing antimicrobial resistance, and providing a platform for adolescent health and improving antenatal and newborn care.


Child Health Program: Plan, Policies and Documents


  • 24 April : Spotlighting the role of nurses and midwives as vaccine champions in protecting the health of children and families. Feature the role of nurses and midwives who often are the first and only point of contact for vaccination. Highlight how every check up is an opportunity to check in on vaccination for people of all ages: children, youth, adults and older people 
  • 27 April: Showcase how nurses and midwives provide essential health services and work tirelessly to vaccinate children and families against deadly diseases. 
  • 28 April: Recognize nurses and midwives as trusted and credible source of information about vaccines. Vaccines save lives, help children learn and grow and prevent serious illness and disability 
  • We need the help of all champions around the world to reach the 1 in 10 do not have access to vaccines.
  • Global measles mortality has declined by 73%
  • Most children today receive life saving vaccines
  • Uptake of new and underused vaccines is increasing.
  • Immunization currently prevents 2-3 million deaths every year
  • An estimated 19.4 million children under the age of one year did not receive basic vaccines. 
  • The world is closer than ever to eradicating polio.
  • Maternal and neonatal tetanus now eliminated in three regions of the world.

Source of information: WHO

World Immunization Week- Protected Together: #VaccinesWork!

National Immunization Schedule, Nepal (Revised)

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8th anniversary of the last case of wild poliovirus in WHO SEAR

5 Years of Polio-free WHO South-East Asia Region

Child Health Program: Plan, Policies and Documents

Fractional Dose of Inactivated Polio Vaccine-fIPV

Microplanning for immunization service delivery using the Reaching Every District (RED) strategy

Key Indicators: The Nepal Demographic and Health Survey (1996 NDHS- 2016 NDHS)

Key Findings (Nepali & English) – The 2016 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey (2016 NDHS)

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