The participants at the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit, 2-4 September 2015, urge countries to develop national programmes that can ultimately eliminate viral hepatitis as a problem of public health concern. WHO is launching a new manual for the development and assessment of national viral hepatitis plans at the summit.
Detection of a new case of Ebola virus disease in Kambia, Sierra Leone, after the country had marked almost 3 weeks of zero cases has set in motion the first "ring vaccination" use of the experimental Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone.
The source of Ebola virus transmission is being investigated and all the people who may have been in contact with the infected person are being traced.
In an updated position paper published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO revised its guidance on the choice of pertussis vaccine and incorporated recent evidence on the use of additional strategies, particularly on vaccination during pregnancy, to prevent early infant mortality.
India eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus
India has achieved another momentous public health feat – the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This success comes a year after India eradicated polio.
With India’s achievement, almost the entire WHO South-East Asia Region, barring a few districts in Indonesia, has now eliminated MNT.
75%drop in global measles deathsGlobal progress towards regional measles elimination
86%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2014Immunization coverage fact sheet
18.7 millioninfants still missing out on basic vaccines2014 Global Immunization Data