World Health Organization: Mongolia certified measles free

July 8, 2014 Mongolia is officially measles free. The Government received a measles-elimination certificate from the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific. Mongolia joins Australia, Macao SAR (China) and the Republic of Korea as the only countries and areas in the Western Pacific to have interrupted the spread of local strains of measles for more than three …

Shantha’s Pentavalent Pediatric Vaccine prequalified by World Health Organization

Shan5(TM) is the first vaccine jointly developed by the Indian company and its parent company Sanofi Pasteur WHO’s decision allows for the purchase of Shan5(TM) by United Nations agencies May 5, 2014 Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today that its pediatric pentavalent vaccine Shan5(TM), developed and manufactured by its affiliate Shantha Biotechnics in Hyderabad, India, has received prequalification status …

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 …

Sanofi Pasteur MSD welcomes European Immunization Week 2014

European vaccine leader hosts events across the region to help raise awareness of immunization throughout life April 22, 2014 Sanofi Pasteur MSD welcomes the World Health Organization’s European Immunization Week 2014 (EIW 2014) with a series of awareness-raising events across the region, taking place between April 22nd and 26th. Sanofi Pasteur MSD, the European leader for vaccines in Europe, has joined …

Small Bite, Big Threat: World Health Day

April the 7th was world health day! And the World Health Organization has decided to focus on vector-borne diseases and their prevention. Each year over a million people across the world are killed by vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and Japanese encephalitis, with millions more suffering because of them (Schistosomiasis alone affects nearly 240 million people worldwide.) Over …

WHO update on Avian Flu in China

On 20 and 21 February 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of nine additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. Seven of the nine cases are males. The age range is 29 to 81 years. Cases were reported from Anhui (1), Hunan (2), Jilin (1) and Guangdong (5). One …

MenAfriVac drives down meningitis A cases to 10-year low

Great news. MenAfriVac is working, and it's working really well. The World Health Organization announced on Thursday that case numbers of meningitis A in the African meningitis belt have been driven to their lowest levels in 10 years. MenAfriVac was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to tackle the epidemics of the disease that swept through …