USAID is committed to advancing immunization to save lives and defeat the vaccine-preventable diseases of the past, present, and future.
Vaccines are powerful tools for saving lives, stopping the spread of infectious diseases, and helping communities thrive–but not every child has access. In 2021, 25 million children did not receive life saving vaccines. USAID works to eliminate disparities in access to vaccines by strengthening routine immunization systems. We provide countries with assistance and technical support to develop and strengthen immunization policies, strategies, and guidelines to protect children and communities from preventable infectious diseases like measles and polio. When individuals are fully protected from the threat of vaccine-preventable diseases, they can stay in school, care for their families, and contribute to the economic growth of their countries. As routine immunization services reach more families than any other health service globally, strengthening immunization programming can help make overall primary health care systems stronger and more resilient.
Our Approach and Results
USAID saves lives by expanding equitable access to vaccines through the following approaches:
Supporting the introduction of new and underutilized vaccines through our contribution to Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance.
Strengthening routine immunization systems to deliver vaccines to hard-to-reach populations to protect children and communities from infectious diseases, like measles and diphtheria.
Collaborating with global health leaders and coordinating bodies—including Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the World Health Organization (WHO); UNICEF; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—to advance global immunization policy priorities.
Increasing generation and use of evidence and learning to optimize immunization policies, practices and programs.
Improving polio eradication and disease control initiatives to advance global health security in the fight against new and re-emerging infectious diseases.
Since 2001, USAID has helped immunize more than 981 million children and save more than 16 million lives in partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Where We Work
USAID’s maternal and child survival programs focus on 25 countries that represent more than 66 percent of maternal and child deaths.
Projects and Partnerships
MOMENTUM— Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services to Scale—is a suite of projects that works in partnership with countries to scale up health interventions and improve the overall health and well-being of mothers, children, families, and communities.
Breakthrough ACTION ignites collective action and encourages people to adopt healthier behaviors—from using modern contraceptive methods and sleeping under bed nets to improved complementary feeding—by forging, testing, and scaling up new and hybrid approaches to social and behavior change.
USAID Advancing Nutrition
USAID Advancing Nutrition works to improve the nutrition and health status of vulnerable populations. With a focus on building local capacity, supporting behavior change, and strengthening environments, this project aims to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity, and advance development.
Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM)
GHSC-PSM enhances the health care experience in the communities we serve through transformative supply chain solutions by working closely with country partners and suppliers worldwide to promote wellbeing and help countries develop sustainable supply chain systems.
Featured News, Resources, and Stories
Prevent, Protect, Treat: USAID Combating Pneumonia Across the Globe
FACTSHEET | November 2022
USAID’s child survival programs help prevent life-threatening illnesses and infections among newborns and young children. Pneumonia is the leading infectious killer of children under five years old, with the majority of deaths occurring in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. To tackle the threat of child pneumonia in these countries, USAID takes a three-pronged approach: prevent, protect, and treat.
Immunizations: Paving The Way For A Healthy Future
INFOGRAPHIC | July 2020
Immunizations not only save lives, but they enable children, women, and families to thrive. When individuals are fully protected from the threat of vaccine preventable diseases, they can stay in school, care for and support their families, and contribute to the economic growth of their communities and countries.
Putting People at the Center of USAID Immunization Programs
MEDIUM STORY | April 2022
Vaccines are powerful tools for saving lives, stopping the spread of infectious diseases, and helping communities thrive. When individuals are fully protected from the threat of vaccine-preventable diseases, they can stay in school, care for their families, and contribute to the economic growth of their countries. Yet, to ultimately support long lives well-lived, we must go from vaccines to vaccination.
First of Its Kind, A New Malaria Vaccine
MEDIUM STORY | April 2022
Learn how USAID support for a groundbreaking new tool promises to be a game changer in sub-Saharan Africa where one child in 13 dies before their fifth birthday.