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Protecting the World’s Children: Immunisation policies and Practices

Sidsel Roalkvam, Desmond McNeill, and Stuart Blume


From an immunological perspective, most vaccines are very effective. But the contribution they make to the health of the world’s children depends on how immunisation programmes are organized, on access to them, and on commitment to making them work. The book argues that public health is now marked by a growing obsession with targets, by an over-emphasis on technology, and by the taken-for-grantedness of a global perspective. Targets and goals – in terms of coverage to be achieved, new vaccines to be introduced - are formulated at the global level. The expectation is that national health author ... More

Keywords: immunisation, globalisation, MDGs, GAVI, authority, trust, accountability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199666447
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sidsel Roalkvam, editor
Associate Professor Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway

Desmond McNeill, editor
Professor, Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, Norway

Stuart Blume, editor
Emeritus Professor, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Chapter 1 Saving children’s lives: perspectives on immunisation

Stuart Blume, Jagrati Jani, and Sidsel Roalkvam

Chapter 2 Concepts and approaches

Stuart Blume, Sidsel Roalkvam, and Desmond McNeill

Chapter 3 The global politics of health: actors and initiatives

Desmond McNeill, Steinar Andresen, and Kristin Sandberg

Chapter 4 National commitments and global objectives

Kristin Sandberg and Judith Justice

Chapter 7 Have means become ends? Getting children’s health back in focus

Stuart Blume, Sidsel Roalkvam, and Desmond McNeill

End Matter