Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

13 September 2019

Malaria vaccine launched in Kenya: Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to roll out landmark vaccine in pilot introduction

Women with, cildren on their knees, attend the launch of the malaria vaccine in Kenya

The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the Government of Kenya for launching the world’s first malaria vaccine today in Homa Bay County, western Kenya.

The malaria vaccine pilot programme is now fully underway in Africa, as Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to introduce the landmark vaccine as a tool against a disease that continues to affect millions of children in Africa.

12 September 2019

Global Vaccination Summit

The European Commission and WHO is co-hosting a Global Vaccination Summit on 12 September 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The event takes place under the joint auspices of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

This high-level one-day event aims to bring together around 400 people, including political leaders, high-level representatives from the UN and other international organizations, health ministries, leading academics, scientists and health professionals, the private sector, social media influencers, and NGOs.

6 September 2019

Accelerate efforts to eliminate cervical cancer

A nurse handles a sample

WHO urges countries in its South-East Asia Region to accelerate efforts to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030.

“Countries need to expand vaccination, screening, detection and treatment services for everyone, everywhere to address the growing problem of cervical cancer,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia, at the Seventy Second Session of WHO Regional Committee here in Delhi.

Vaccine Misinformation: Statement by WHO Director-General on Facebook and Instagram

A man consults his mobile phone

WHO welcomes the commitment by Facebook to ensure that users find facts about vaccines across Instagram, Facebook Search, Groups, Pages and forums where people seek out information and advice.

Facebook will direct millions of its users to WHO’s accurate and reliable vaccine information in several languages, to ensure that vital health messages reach people who need them the most. WHO and Facebook have been in discussions for several months to ensure people can access authoritative information on vaccines and reduce the spread of inaccuracies.

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