Jan 10, 2020

Deaths from Democratic Republic of the Congo measles outbreak top 6000

With the death toll from the world’s worst measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) surpassing 6000, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for more funding to stop the outbreak.

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Dec 05, 2019

Measles vaccination drive launched, North Kivu targets 2.2 million children

Around 2.2 million children are to be vaccinated against measles in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where efforts are underway to curb the world’s second-worst Ebola outbreak amid persistent insecurity.

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Dec 04, 2019

African island nations agree on consolidated medicines procurement

Five small African island countries today agreed on a joint strategy to procure drugs and vaccines in an approach meant to improve quality and supply as well as cut costs and boost health services.

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Nov 20, 2019

Weak vaccine-preventable disease surveillance could cost the African Region $22.4 billion over the next decade, WHO warns

In its newly launched Investment Case for Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance in the African Region 2020-2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa highlights the drastic consequences that could be in store for the region if countries do not invest in disease...

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Oct 24, 2019

New milestone towards a polio-free world, but there is no time to relax

In another historic step for humanity towards a world free of polio, an independent commission of experts today certified – on World Polio Day – that the second of three types of the wild poliovirus had been eradicated globally...

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Sep 28, 2019

WHO and partners start an emergency measles vaccination campaign

With the world’s largest and fastest-moving measles epidemic continuing to expand throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Government with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners ...

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Aug 30, 2019

Gavi sets ambitious goal to immunize 300 million people by 2025

Vaccine Alliance launches US$ 7.4 billion fundraising drive to deliver the highest return on investment to date offering broad protection against 18 diseases, saving up to eight million lives from 2021-25 Developing countries set to make the largest investment...

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Aug 19, 2019

Ministerial gathering to shape Africa’s health agenda opens in Brazzaville

The 69th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa opened today in Brazzaville, with Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso calling for stronger health systems, concrete action on counterfeit medicine and universal access to health care...

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Jul 19, 2019

Renewed impetus to achieve universal access to immunization by 2030

As the Global Vaccine Action Plan GVAP) 2011-2020  nears its conclusion in 2020, a regional consultation was held this week by the WHO Regional Office for Africa to shape a new immunization strategy for the next decade with the aim that everyone, everywhere...

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May 23, 2019

African Parliamentarians commit to urgent action to increase immunization

The Pan-African Parliament has adopted a resolution on the establishment of an African Parliamentarian Caucus on Immunization, to drive forward the body’s commitment to ensuring that all children across the continent have access to the vaccines they need...

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