22 April 2020
Malaria vaccine implementation programme: One year on
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.
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
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.
- MVIP brochure: First malaria vaccine in Africa: A potential new tool for child health and improved malaria control
Q&A on the malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP)
Ghana brochure: First malaria vaccine: A potential new tool for child health and improved malaria control in children
Kenya brochure: First malaria vaccine: A potential new tool for child health and improved malaria control in children
Malawi brochure: First malaria vaccine: A potential new tool for child health and improved malaria control in children
- More about MVIP countries - Ghana, Kenya and Malawi
WHO and RTS,S malaria vaccine pilot partners honored for advancing global health innovation
Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to roll out landmark vaccine in pilot introduction
Malaria vaccine pilot launched in Malawi
Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to take part in WHO malaria vaccine pilot programme
Historic launch of malaria vaccine pilots in Africa
WHO welcomes global health funding for malaria vaccine
Pilot implementation of first malaria vaccine recommended by WHO advisory groups
Position paper and background
WHO position paper on malaria vaccine - English and French
- Position paper, summary, references and key points
Joint Technical Expert Group on Malaria Vaccines (JTEG) background paper on the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine, prepared for SAGE meeting of October 2015
Efficacy and safety of RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine with or without a booster dose in infants and children in Africa: final results of a phase 3, individually randomised, controlled trial
Penny MA, et al. Public health impact and cost-effectiveness of the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine: a systematic comparison of predictions from four mathematical models
Last updated: 19 September 2019