9 May 2019
Over 100 000 people sick with measles in 14 months: with measles cases at an alarming level in the European Region, WHO scales up response
WHO is scaling up its response to the ongoing measles outbreaks in the European Region, including by creating an operational platform to accelerate its support to affected countries.
The decision followed an assessment of the measles situation in the Region. It was based on the growing number of children and adults affected by and dying from the disease, and the persistence of pockets of non-immunized or under-immunized individuals in many countries fuelling the continuing spread of measles.
9 May 2019
WHO Adapts Ebola Vaccination Strategy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Account for Insecurity and Community Feedback
WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) issued new recommendations to address vaccination challenges in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The recommendations include endorsing operational adjustments that make the vaccination process faster and adjusting the dosage based on available efficacy data.
8 May 2019
Joe Cohen is co-inventor of the RTS,S vaccine, the world’s first malaria vaccine to be introduced in a pilot programme
He shares his thoughts on what this moment means for global health.
2 May 2019
Malaria vaccine pilot launched in Ghana
WHO Ghana welcomed the Ministry of Health’s launch of the world’s first malaria vaccine in a landmark pilot programme. Top health officials, WHO representatives, community leaders, and mothers and children gathered on 30 April 2019 to officially begin the vaccine rollout. The country-led phased vaccine introduction is supported by WHO and national and global health partners.
85%of infants worldwide vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2017Global routine vaccination coverage, 2017
19.9million infants did not receive any vaccinations in 20172017 immunization coverage data
162countries now use the vaccine worldwideImmunization coverage fact sheet