Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Improving tracking of vaccines in Zambia

A health worker opens a freezer of yellow fever vaccines, in Togo
WHO/A. Asselin

In search for a solution to track vaccines in real-time, the Zambian Ministry of Health and WHO piloted a logistics management information system in 34 facilities in 2016. Through the web and mobile phones, the system allows supply chain managers in the country’s national, district, and provincial vaccine warehouses and stores to monitor vaccine stocks, usage, and expirations by the minute.

Embrace the facts about vaccines, not the myths

"Vaccines are available but myths around them discourage parents from immunizing their children. We need to bust myths and promote the benefits of immunization more widely. #VaccinesWork"

From warehouse to remote communities: the journey of vaccines

Thanks to a highly effective National Immunization Programme, most Brazilian parents can feel confident that their children will get the lifesaving vaccines they need – when they need them. Routine vaccination coverage in Brazil averages above 95% for most vaccines on the child immunization schedule every year – exceeding WHO’s recommendations. Yet some people remain hard to reach.

WHO malaria vaccine pilot programme in Africa

A group of women and their babies awaiting vaccination

WHO announced today that Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will take part in a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP) that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018.

“The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot programme will help us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine. Combined with existing malaria interventions, such a vaccine would have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in Africa,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.


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