Auto-disable syringes are not for needle programmes

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WHO and its partners recommend the use of auto-
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, "bundled" with the supply of vaccines when donor dollars are used, in all mass immunization campaigns, and also strongly advocate their use in routine immunization programmes.Until a few decades ago, children were vaccinated using
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, which exposed them to the risk of transmission of bloodborne diseases like Hepatitis B and HIV.The number of
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UNICEF procured grew from 11 million in 1997 to around 600-800 million per year. UNICEF is also the world’s largest buyer of AD syringes, procuring 40% of the global market. This growth has been accompanied by a significant price drop. Three decades ago, UNICEF paid US$ 0.12 per unit of an AD syringe. The price has since fallen to US$ 0.03 per unit.Others have a metal clip that blocks the plunger so it cannot be moved back, while in others the needle retracts into the
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barrel at the end of the injection. Unsafe disposal and reuse of contaminated
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is common. Ensuring safe injection practice is one of the greatest challenges for healthcare system in developing countries.