On International Children’s Day (1 June), the World Hepatitis Alliance calls for widespread coverage of the hepatitis B birth dose vaccine to protect our children’s futures.
Children are our future. It’s an utter cliché, but it’s true. Children are our future adults, leaders, carers. And so, we have a duty to provide children with the best start in life possible, and that means ensuring their health and wellbeing from day one. A no-brainer, right?
Worldwide, almost two out three babies are being denied access to the hepatitis B birth dose vaccine, a simple measure which can avert a virus that can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer and accounts for over 880,000 deaths a year, globally.