Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

This year’s African Vaccination Week urged everyone to do their part to bring immunisation to every child, and, while we all have a role, it’s clear that politicians and public figures can have the greatest impact by prioritising and investing in vaccines.

Ghana is one nation that has done exactly that, and now reaches 93% of children with basic diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough vaccines. The country has been at the forefront of introducing new vaccines, and in 2012 was the first African country to introduce two shots – pneumococcal and rotavirus – at the same time.

Such immunisation success cannot happen without leadership, so it was a pleasure to discuss the importance of vaccination with Her Excellency First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Rebecca Akudo-Addo, on Twitter this week. Known as Auntie Becky to many Ghanaians, she shared her views on this vital health intervention that is helping her country to prosper, and you can see key questions and highlights from our conversation below.

My sincere thanks go to H.E. Rebecca Akudo-Addo for using her public platform to call for greater investment in immunisation, and to every Ghanian who works hard to protect children from preventable diseases. May Ghana’s example continue to inspire countries and leaders around the world to do their best to support immunisation, paving the way to better health and wealth for generations to come.

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