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Why Surveillance of Essential Vaccines is Important

Global immunisation experts are urging African countries to strengthen their routine immunization. According to the World Health Organisation, over the past five years, immunisation coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populations to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks.

At the Samir health centre in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, this baby was one of the first of tens of thousands of children to benefit from Sudan’s introduction of rotavirus vaccine into the national immunisation programme (file photo).

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