We have made tremendous progress in the Decade of Vaccines, but it is clear we are still not able to reach all children with the vaccines they need. UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have convened a high-level Equity Reference Group for Immunisation (ERG) to generate innovative ideas to accelerate progress on equity in immunisation. Operating as an action-oriented think tank, the group is reviewing evidence across health programmes and other sectors and recommending innovative ways to achieve greater equity in immunisation though policies and programming.


The ERG consists of senior experts in global health working with WHO, GAVI, World Bank, BMGF, and UNICEF; academics in critical topics such as metrics, gender, and health systems development; and senior leaders from the ministries of health in Indonesia, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Together they work to ensure that diverse perspectives are shared to identify the best way forward.


The ERG has identified four priorities of work -- urban poor areas, remote/rural areas, children affected by conflict, and gender-related inequities and barriers to immunisation. The ERG has also begun exploring innovative ways to measure and track immunisation equity, drawing on successful approaches from such areas as human rights, behavioural economics, and social policies. The group is working to provide actionable recommendations for decision makers at the national and global levels, and aims to test innovative approaches through implementation research.