July 4, 2020
Vaccine-Preventable Diseases costing $22.4 billion around Africa, says WHO

From the website: "The agency estimates that weak surveillance efforts would cost the continent a US$22.4 billion economic burden over the next decade. The caution is contained in the WHO newly launched frameworkInvestment Case for Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance in the African Region, 2020-2030. The  high-level framework is applicable to all countries in Africa and sets forth an ambitious vision for vaccine preventable surveillance. The framework further indicates that if current disease surveillance efforts are not maintained, there is a risk of reversal in progress made, leading to more than 900,000 deaths. “Strong surveillance is the backbone of a functioning health information system, empowering health workers with timely, quality evidence to inform decision-making,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “To curb the spread of life-threatening diseases, governments must invest in strong and functioning surveillance systems,” added Dr. Moeti, while launching the framework recently. Over the past five years, immunization coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populations to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks."