In a new position paper published in today, WHO recommends the implementation of pilot projects to understand how to best use a vaccine that protects against malaria in young children.
A WHO commentary posted today highlights the need for the isolated gains in immunization achieved in several countries to become the norm in all countries. Many are still way off-track towards reaching the global immunization goals. So, how do we get back on track?
The number of measles-related deaths has dropped by 79% since 2000 ─ from 546 800 to 114 900 in 2014. New data estimates that 17.1 million lives have been saved since the beginning of the century, largely due to increased vaccination coverage against this highly contagious viral disease. However, overall progress towards increasing global immunization coverage has recently stagnated.
Five years after the introduction of an affordable conjugate meningitis A vaccine, immunization has led to the control and near elimination of deadly meningitis A disease in the African “meningitis belt.” In 2013, only four laboratory-confirmed cases of meningitis A were reported by the 26 countries in the meningitis belt.