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World Immunization Week 2015: Close the immunization gap

20 April 2015 -- Every year vaccines save up to 3 million lives, but there is a gap. Worldwide 1 in 5 children miss lifesaving immunizations. This short video explains how we can work to close the immunization gap, because a world free of vaccine-preventable deaths is in our reach. World Immunization Week, 24-30 April 2015, will signal a renewed global, regional, and national effort to accelerate action to increase awareness and demand for immunization by communities, and improve vaccination delivery services.

Keeping Syrian children free from polio at home and across the border

20 April 2015 – The four-year-long armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has driven millions of families from their homes. WHO is working with public health authorities and partners to ensure Syrian children – whether still in their home country or living in camps across the border in Jordan – are immunized against polio. During World Immunization Week, hundreds of thousands of children in both countries will be immunized.

Immunization: Closing the gap on pneumonia in Kenya

17 April 2015 – As World Immunization Week approaches, WHO reports on Kenya’s successes preventing deaths from pneumonia among babies and young children through national implementation of the PCV-10 vaccine. A mother in Kilifi tells the story of her daughter’s near-fatal episode of pneumonia and how her younger children were protected through immunization.

Returning to normal: The road to early recovery starts with the health system

18 April 2015 -- As part of early recovery efforts, WHO continues to work closely with national authorities and partners in the 3 high-transmission Ebola countries on how to rebuild confidence and trust in health systems and services. Nurse Sai Conteh works at the Kambia Government Hospital and needs to know what to do in case one day a patient with Ebola-like symptoms comes to the hospital. She looks back at what she has learnt and how different her daily work looks like.

Liberia succeeds in fighting Ebola with local, sector response

14 April 2015 -- The story of how Montserrado Liberia, turned around an exponentially-growing Ebola outbreak is intriguing. WHO’s team and national officials, aided by veterans from WHO’s polio eradication group in India, decentralized the response, using quality management principles that empowered local teams and held them accountable for results. These local sector teams involved community members and used business best practices as well as an incident management system to improve surveillance, case finding, contact tracing, and overall management of key response activities.

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Highlights

  • Dialogue on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), poverty and development cooperation
    April 2015 -- WHO has, for the first time, brought together philanthropic foundations, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector to explore ways to include NCDs in post-2015 development cooperation agendas and initiatives, internationally agreed development goals, economic development policies, sustainable development frameworks and poverty reduction strategies.
  • World No Tobacco Day 2015
    April 2015 -- One in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal, making the illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption. Stop illicit trade of tobacco products is the theme of this years' World No Tobacco Day.
  • WHO’s humanitarian response in Yemen
    April 2015 -- WHO is working to meet humanitarian health needs in Yemen. WHO has identified five key activities in its response; one for example is strengthening delivery of trauma care by making sure that sufficient life-saving emergency medicines, surgical supplies, and qualified medical staff are available throughout the country, especially in areas witnessing escalated violence.

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