During the WHA68, a side meeting on immunization with delegates from Member States with DTP3 coverage below 80% was convened by WHO. The objectives were to discuss the challenges faced by countries to reach global vaccination targets for 2015 and explore solutions to overcome them.
Lead agencies in the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration and other development partners were given the opportunity to reiterate their commitments to support countries to achieve this important goal.
Fifty-two speakers, including 46 delegates of Member States, one observer (Chinese Taipei), four civil society organizations and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, took the floor during the discussion on the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP).
Delegates commended the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization for an excellent assessment report and took note of the recommendations. A resolution was adopted that specifically addresses the issue of access to sustainable supplies of affordable vaccines for low and middle income countries.
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a leading cause of acute viral hepatitis in developing countries. A global burden of disease study estimated that HEV genotypes 1 and 2 account for about 20.1 million HEV infections, 70 000 deaths, and 3000 stillbirths annually.
WHO recognizes the importance of hepatitis E as a public health problem in many developing countries, particularly among special populations such as pregnant women and individuals living in camps for displaced persons.
Americas region is declared the world’s first to eliminate rubella
The Americas region has become the first in the world to be declared free of endemic transmission of rubella, a contagious viral disease that can cause multiple birth defects as well as fetal death when contracted by women during pregnancy.
75%drop in global measles deathsGlobal progress towards regional measles elimination
84%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2013Immunization coverage fact sheet
21.8 millioninfants still missing out on basic vaccinesGlobal routine vaccination coverage 2013