NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Poorly designed and archaic supply chains have
undermined delivery of vaccines to populations at risk of
contracting infectious diseases in developing world, said a new
report published by the journal Vaccine and released in Nairobi
Researchers who compiled the report noted
that in 2015 alone, an estimated 19.5 million infants globally
missed vaccination leading to 1.5 million preventable deaths.
"The daily struggle to deliver vaccines to communities is a
concern and a source of frustration for researchers,
manufacturers, donors and health practitioners," said the
It adds that flawed delivery systems have either delayed or
undermined the impact of vaccines in disease prevention and
According to the report, one in five African children is yet
to receive life saving vaccination and in 2014 alone, an
estimated 42 percent of all global deaths from measles were
recorded in the continent.
The report hails massive investments in development of novel
vaccines to combat infectious diseases but regretted the
scenario is different when it comes to their delivery to end
"Unresolved supply chain issues are stalling new vaccine
introduction, contributing to stock-outs and constraining
coverage," noted the report, adding that bad roads, erratic
power supply and inadequate personnel continue to hobble
immunization programs in developing countries
It calls on countries to take proactive measures to modernize
their vaccine supply chains in order to combat a rising burden
of infectious diseases effectively.
Researchers noted there is a firm consensus among governments
that the current immunization supply chains were designed for a
bygone era and must be redesigned to inject efficiency and
achieve optimum results.
"Fundamental areas that must be improved as we develop the
next generation of immunization supply chains include
leadership, oversight, design, data and cold chain equipment,"
said the researchers
They urged immunization stakeholders including governments
and industry to invest in innovations that can boost efficiency
in the supply chains.