Almost 90% of all children in the WHO South-East Asia Region are born in three countries: Bangladesh, India and Indonesia. It is estimated that over 9 million children in the Region still do not have access to immunization services. In light of the challenges to increase and sustain uniform high immunization coverage in the Region, the Regional Director convened a High-Level Ministerial Meeting which led the Sixty-fourth Regional Committee and all Member States to Declare 2012 as the Year of Intensification of Routine Immunization.
The South-East Asia Region is an important vaccine producing hub with tremendous potential for research and development. At the same time, this Region is also a major consumer of vaccines. Globally, there are multiple initiatives to develop vaccines against diseases such as HIV, malaria, avian and pandemic influenza.