geneva - By 2016, one in ten babies worldwide are not vaccinated after birth, even against diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus and cervical cough. This is evidenced by data from the World Health Organization and Unicef, presented in Geneva on Monday. In total, it is 12.9 million children of not yet a year old. The WHO estimates that another 6.6 million others have not received the repetition doses.
The immunization program avoids 2 to 3 million deaths annually by infectious diseases that are, in principle, easy to prevent. These include, among other things, polio, measles, reddog and hepatitis B. The 'coverage' of vaccination against this, as well as against the rotavirus, leaves the world even more to be desired. The biggest problem countries are Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, where 4 million children have not received any vaccine last year.
The WHO also arrived on Monday with new cost estimates to meet the health objectives for the world population. That is more expensive than thought. In the ambitious scenario, almost 325 billion euros are needed annually by 2030, more than 50 euros per person. At present, at least 400 million people have no access to medical assistance.
According to the WHO, investments can occur 97 million premature deaths. Fifty million children who died otherwise or died for their fifth birthday would benefit from it. In many countries life expectancy would increase by almost 8.5 years. The researchers analyzed 67 countries with low or average income. To help the poorest 32 states, 47 billion euros a year is needed.