Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

22 April 2020

Malaria vaccine implementation programme: One year on

A health worker in Ghana prepares a malaria vaccination injection
WHO/F. Combrink

Since last April, about 275 000 children have received their first dose of the malaria vaccine in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi through the pilot implementation programme.

Today, as countries battle the threat of COVID-19, World Malaria Day and African Immunization Week offer opportunities to highlight essential malaria and immunization services and the healthcare heroes who deliver them.

Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme (MVIP)

Kenyan mother and child smilling
WHO/N. Thomas

RTS,S/AS01 is the world’s first malaria vaccine that significantly reduces malaria in children, including life-threatening severe malaria. The malaria vaccine is being introduced in selected areas of Ghana, Kenya and Malawi through country-led routine immunization, with overall coordination from WHO.

The malaria vaccine pilot programme is now fully underway in Africa, as Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to introduce the landmark vaccine.

VIDEO: Launch of the Malaria vaccine in Ghana

WHO welcomed the Ghana Ministry of Health’s launch of the RTS,S malaria vaccine on 30 April 2019 in a landmark vaccine pilot programme.

Top health officials, WHO representatives, community leaders, and mothers and children gathered to officially begin the vaccine roll out. The sights and sounds of the historic beginning is captured in this short video.

Q&A on the MVIP

Baby smiling

In recent years, African countries have made tremendous gains in the fight against malaria using proven prevention measures but progress has stalled. Malaria claims the life of one child every two minutes; the vast majority of these deaths are in Africa.

Today the malaria vaccine, known as RTS,S, has the potential to strengthen efforts to control malaria in Africa and save tens of thousands of children’s lives.

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Last updated: 19 September 2019


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