WHO and the Philippine Department of Health have launched a vaccination campaign to prevent outbreaks of measles and polio among survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). The campaign targets children in areas hardest hit by the disaster – starting with the evacuation centers in the city of Tacloban and at receiving centers in Cebu, where evacuated families are finding temporary shelter.
Targeting next generation of malaria vaccines by 2030
Malaria causes an estimated 660 000 deaths each year from 219 million cases of illness. The world should aim to have vaccines which reduce malaria cases by 75%, and are capable of eliminating malaria, licensed by 2030. This goal comes from the updated 2013 "Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap", launched today.
Pneumonia remains the single biggest killer of children under five globally, claiming the lives of more than one million girls and boys every year.
But pneumonia deaths are preventable.
As countries mark World Pneumonia Day on 12 November, the GAVI Alliance, UNICEF and WHO are highlighting essential actions that can help end child deaths from this disease.
WHO has added the vaccine against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) to its list of “pre-qualified” vaccines, meaning that WHO has given the vaccine its stamp of approval in safety and efficacy terms, and United Nations procuring agencies can now source this vaccine. This is the first Chinese-produced vaccine to be prequalified by WHO.
2-3 milliondeaths averted annually by immunizationImmunization coverage fact sheet
83%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 20122012 global vaccination coverage
22.6 millionchildren incompletely vaccinated at 12 months of ageGlobal immunization goals