Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women's and Children's Health has been appointed the new Vice Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Board effective 1 January 2015.
As part of her responsibilities as Vice Chair of the Board, Dr Bustreo will also be the Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee.
WHO welcomes the commitment by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to support the procurement of vaccines as soon as WHO recommends one for use.
"This is yet another example of the rapid mobilization from partners and stakeholders to respond to the Ebola outbreak with innovative products. If the vaccines currently being tested live up to their promise of safety and efficacy, this will be the fastest vaccine development and roll-out in history", said Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General of Health Systems and Innovation.
New guidance from WHO aims to help countries better prevent and control cervical cancer. The disease is one of the world’s deadliest, but preventable forms of cancer for women, responsible for more than 270 000 deaths annually, 85% of which occur in developing countries. The main elements of the new guidance are to vaccinate 9 to 13 year-old girls with 2 doses of HPV vaccine, use HPV tests to screen women for prevention and communicate more widely.
WHO warned today that progress towards the elimination of measles has stalled. The number of deaths from measles increased from an estimated 122 000 in 2012 to 145 700 in 2013, according to new data. The estimated number of measles deaths in 2013 represents a 75% decline in mortality since 2000, significantly below the target of a 95% reduction in deaths between 2000 and 2015.
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