September 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

 

 

Join experts from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for an online discussion about the challenges of vaccinating children in developing countries and humanitarian emergencies, and the steps we can take to expand access to immunizations for all.

Vaccines are one of the most effective medical tools for protecting the health of our children. Over the past few decades, great strides have been made to vaccinate more children against potentially fatal, but wholly preventable, illnesses such as measles, cholera, and respiratory diseases. Despite these successes, every year one in five children worldwide does not receive the vaccines they need. That’s more than 22 million young lives at risk in one year alone – five times more than the total number of children born annually in the United States.

MSF aid workers see the consequences of these shortcomings every day: children stricken with vaccine-preventable diseases, parents walking for hours – or even days – carrying their children to clinics for immunizations, MSF teams and Ministries of Health grappling with high vaccine prices, and the complicated logistical challenges that make it very difficult to vaccinate vulnerable populations.

On September 10th, we bring together a panel of vaccines experts and experienced MSF aid workers to talk about the many challenges of delivering vaccines effectively in developing countries and the obstacles that must be overcome to improve access to immunizations worldwide.

Our discussion will center on the key issues of temperature-tolerant vaccines, affordability, immunization in humanitarian emergencies, and ensuring children receive a complete series of vaccinations.

Viewer participation is encourages via a chat feature available during the webcast.

If you cannot join us on September 10, the webcast will be recorded and available to view the following day.

For more information about MSF's vaccine work, visit our Vaccines Access Campaign website.