WHO announced today that polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria. This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free. Polio, which can cause lifelong paralysis, has now been stopped nearly everywhere in the world following a 25-year concerted international effort.
In a new position paper published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO provides recommendations to reduce pain and anxiety during vaccination which can be applied in all countries worldwide.
WHO welcomes the appointment of the Chair-elect of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She will take up the position of Chair from January 2016. Dr Okonjo-Iweala is the former Nigerian Finance Minister and she brings more than 33 years of development and financial expertise to the Gavi Board at a critical period for immunization in developing countries.
Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, according to a new report released today. New estimates in Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2015 ─ released by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank Group and the Population Division of UNDESA ─ indicate that although global progress has been substantial, 16 000 children under-five still die every day.