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The Heart of

Why are some children in The Americas
unreached by vaccination
or dropping off midway?

Some parents don’t see the threat of diseases they don’t see or understand. Their child’s vaccination records and appointments can be poorly managed, especially in countries with mass urbanisation and migration. People who make the choice to get vaccinated might have to wait for hours, or worse, be turned away, because of low vaccine stocks.

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Our Solution

In collaboration with PAHO

We spoke with 8 countries, listening to better understand why parents don’t vaccinate their children at all, or complete the schedule. Immunisation Managers told us they needed a better way to organise their problems to help them see solutions more clearly.

Data Data References


For every 25 children in the Region, two are completely left behind, and one has not received all the vaccines she needs.


10% of countries in the Region reported less than 80% coverage with the first dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.


In 2017 there were over 28,000 reported cases of mumps in Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.


88% of children across the region of the Americas were fully vaccinated with DTP3 - the 3 doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccines in 2018.


MORE THAN 48% of caregivers in Colombia were unaware that their child was under-vaccinated.


The Quechuan language alone - spoken mainly in Peru and also in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina - has 9 dialects – making generic vaccination messages challenging.


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We listened to Ministry of Health staff who told us about their major challenges. Getting messages, healthworkers and vaccines to remote locations was most frequently mentioned. Health workers were either poorly trained or just not available.

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