Infectious diseases continue to pose a major public health threat in South Sudan. Adding to the chronic burden of disease, regular outbreaks further threaten people's health.
In a conflict setting, WHO and partners are responding to multiple outbreaks including cholera, malaria, measles, suspected hemorrhagic fever, and kala-azar.
One of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa has begun in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo as WHO and partners work to curb a yellow fever outbreak that has killed more than 400 people and sickened thousands more. Working with Ministries of Health in the 2 countries, WHO is coordinating 56 global partners to vaccinate more than 14 million people against yellow fever in more than 8000 locations.
In a new position paper published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO recommends that countries should consider introduction of the dengue vaccine CYD-TDV or Dengvaxia® only in geographic settings where epidemiological data indicate a high burden of disease.
New data on global immunization coverage show that 65% of the world’s children received 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccines in 2015, a coverage level that has been sustained above 86% since 2010.
The number of children who did not receive routine vaccinations dropped to an estimated 19.4 million, down from 33.8 million in 2000.
79%drop in global measles deathsMeasles fact sheet
86%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2015Immunization coverage fact sheet
19.4 millioninfants still missing out on basic vaccines2015 estimates of immunization coverage