WHO – Immunization coverage reaches 84%, still short of 90% goal

July 17, 2014 More than 111 million infants received vaccines in 2013 to protect them from deadly diseases. These infants account for about 84% of the world’s children, but an estimated 21.8 million infants remained unvaccinated, according to new estimates from WHO and UNICEF. The estimates tell a success story for the Expanded Programme on Immunization, namely that global coverage …

Measles No More: WHO declares the eradication of measles from Mongolia

Measles, a disease religiously vaccinated against in developed countries, has now been declared eradicated in Mongolia On the 8th of July 2014, the World Health Organisation granted the Mongolian government a measles-elimination certificate, certifying that the country is now officially measles free. This comes as surprising news considering the recent measles outbreak in the economic superpower of the world; the United States of America. …

Mass Immunization of Polio

Mass Immunization Of Polio

Immunization Program Begins In Kurdistan Relief agencies and partners of the UN have increased healthcare efforts in Iraq, starting with a massive polio vaccination campaign in the capital of Baghdad. As well as an initiative aimed at improving healthcare in Kurdistan. According to a UN World Health Organization representative, the agencies are working closely with UNICEF to vaccinate as many …

On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day UNAIDS calls for scaled-up action to find a vaccine for HIV

May 18, 2014 On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day UNAIDS is urging for global efforts to be stepped up to find an effective HIV vaccine and accelerate progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic. “Although great strides have been made in preventing new HIV infections alongside expanding access to treatment, we still don’t have an effective HIV vaccine,” said UNAIDS Executive Director …

Equatorial Guinea Launched First Phase of Polio Immunization Campaign

April 30, 2014 The government of Equatorial Guinea launched the first phase of a campaign to immunize the nation’s children against polio last week. The government has been working closely with World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, United Nations (UN), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Atlanta, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others to implement this proactive campaign. Leo Heileman, UN Resident Coordinator, has stressed the importance …

Key findings from the WHO Vaccines and Immunization Report

Key quotes and findings from the State of the World's Vaccines and Immunization Report " Immunization is one of the most powerful and cost-effective of all health interventions.  It prevents debilitating illness and disability, and saves millions of lives every year. It  is also key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – commitments made by world leaders in 2000 to …