Local Euro MP Glenis Willmott is supporting the World Health Organisation’s Immunisation Week, which starts on Saturday.
She said: “For the price of a cup of coffee, a child can be vaccinated against five of the major childhood killers, including diphtheria and tetanus. Yet one in five children are dying as a result of vaccine preventable diseases.”
“Immunisation week will provide a crucial focus on which to discuss and debate the importance of immunisation programmes for millions of children around the world, and for the future development of their countries.”
Earlier this week in Strasbourg, she signed the European Parliament’s Written Declaration on the issue, as Parliament debated the impact of programmes such as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI).
“Programmes like GAVI are fundamental to saving vulnerable children’s lives and we must show continued support for its work,” said Glenis Willmott.
“I hope that Immunisation Week will raise awareness of the need for continued and increased support for vaccinations and immunisation in the EU development aid budget,” she concluded .
“We must monitor future EU developments in the area because we have identified a simple way to save vulnerable children’s lives and we must ensure funding is secured to protect this work.”