MENA Regional Consultative Review on Private Sector Engagement in Immunization
As we celebrate the World Immunization Week (24-30 April) under the overall theme of ‘Protected together – Vaccines work’, it is critical to draw attention to the shared responsibility for vaccination and the role of all partners and stakeholders, including the private sector in improving immunization coverage and reducing disparities.
In this regard, the UNICEF Tunisia Country Office and Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), in collaboration with the Tunisia Ministry of Health and global partners organize a Regional Consultative Review on “Private Sector Engagement in Immunization”. 30 experts and participants from 7 countries participate to this event to discuss, exchange and learn about effective means of engaging and optimizing partnership with private health providers and entities to contribute to the realization of the right of every child to a complete and qualitative immunization.
This effort of building and enhancing this partnership between public sector and private sector is particularly critical as a number of MENA countries continue to face prolonged conflict, economic turmoil and limited human and institutional capacity. They must explore innovative ways of reducing burden on their health systems through regulating, integrating and expanding partnerships. As with the Sudan example and other MENA countries, ensuring effective public–private collaboration can help address service gaps and inequities. According to a recent publication in the British Medical Journal Global Health, the private sector (for-profit and non-for-profit) contribute to 16 percent of administered doses of vaccines in Sudan. Private health providers have especially been critical in filling the gaps in government services in hard-to-reach or conflict-affected areas and among marginalized populations, and thus in reducing inequities in access.
Lila Pieters, UNICEF Representative said, “Every child has the right to be protected from disease and to be treated, which means that all children have the right to live and prosper free from deadly diseases. In today’s world, we depend on each other and must take advantage of our mutual advantages and expertise. Governments, civil society, the private sector and national and international organizations are increasingly being called upon to contribute their know-how and resources to the well-being of children and their development. UNICEF places special emphasis on the role of the private sector in improving immunization coverage and promoting equity in access to comprehensive immunization for all children, especially for the tens of millions children in the world who are still deprived of this right.”
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