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.
Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases.
Today, at the start of World Immunization Week 2015, WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.
As a young medical student in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the late 1970s, I knew I wanted to focus my efforts in an area that could bring the greatest benefits to the greatest number of people. I feel very fortunate that this ambition took me straight into the field of vaccinations and to the work of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), a global, collaborative drive for immunization that began in 1974.
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