New data released show that under five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013 thanks to affordable interventions such as immunization. But overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under five mortality by 2015. In 2013, 2.8 million babies died within the first month of life, which represents about 44% of all under five deaths.
Every year on 28 July, WHO and partners mark World Hepatitis Day to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes.
Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. This year, WHO and partners urge policymakers, health workers and the public to 'think again' about this silent killer.
More than 111 million infants received vaccines in 2013 to protect them from deadly diseases. These infants account for about 84% of the world’s children, but an estimated 21.8 million infants remained unvaccinated, according to new estimates from WHO and UNICEF.
The estimates tell a success story for the Expanded Programme on Immunization, namely that global coverage with vaccines, measured by the proportion of kids who received 3 doses of vaccines containing diphtheria tetanus-pertussis (DTP3), rose from 73% in 2000 to 84% in 2013, a substantial increase.
Immunization averts some 2.5 million premature deaths a year according to estimates and protects millions of children from illness and disability. Parents and children attending a South African clinic are among those today who will reap the benefits of routine immunization from the first days of life.
78%drop in global measles deathsGlobal control and regional elimination of measles
84%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2013DTP3 coverage for 2013
21.8 millionchildren incompletely vaccinated at 12 months of ageData on number of unvaccinated children