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DTP3 and Measles Coverage in AFRO

According to WHO-UNICEF coverage estimates, immunization coverage in the WHO African Region—calculated by the percentage of children receiving three doses of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTP3) vaccine—was 77% in 2014, of note:

• 18 countries have coverage of 90% or more

• Five countries have coverage levels of less than 60%

Similarly, in 2014, coverage with the first dose of measles vaccine (MCV1) for the Region was 73%, of note:

• 14 countries have coverage of 90% or more

• Seven countries have coverage levels of less than 60% In 2014, the number of infants who did not receive the third dose of DTP vaccines in the WHO African Region was estimated to be 7.4 million out of an annual birth cohort of 32.7 million: approximately 23%. One third of these children are living in six countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, DR Congo, South Sudan, Nigeria and Guinea. In the same year, an estimated 8.8 million infants did not get the first dose of measles vaccines in the routine immunization schedule.