This World Immunization Week, tune in to a webinar to raise the profile of an often-neglected issue: immunizing the urban poor. Building on recent urban immunization work with WHO, UNICEF, GAVI, BMGF, and JSI, the panelists will discuss primary barriers for the urban poor to access and use vaccination services, how these barriers can be overcome (with examples from country specific contexts), and the need to build better evidence to help advocacy efforts.
By 2050, 66% of the world’s population will be urban dwellers, with 90% of this increase occurring in African and Asian cities with fewer than 1,000,000 people. As urban populations continue to grow, the global community must reevaluate its approaches to immunization to meet the needs of the marginalized and underserved urban poor. These changing demographics will require special efforts and approaches for building evidence, advocating with city administrations and donors, involving all stakeholders and communities in service delivery, and developing targeted interventions to prioritize urban poor populations in planning and resource allocation.
• Bhupendra Tripathi, country lead – Routine Immunization & Neglected Tropical Diseases, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, India
• Jan Grevendonk, technical officer, World Health Organization
• Richard Duncan, senior immunization specialist and Godwin Mindra, immunization specialist, UNICEF
• Sam Sternin, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
• Gerald Lerebours and Iqbal Hossain, John Snow, Inc.
Craig Burgess, senior technical advisor, John Snow, Inc.
Please join us with your related challenges and experiences. We anticipate a lively discussion on how existing immunization approaches can be adapted to reach the urban poor. Submit your questions for specific panelists in advance to @JSIHealth with the hashtag #UrbanHealth. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #UrbanHealth.