Towards the world’s first malaria vaccine

25 April 2017 – A WHO-coordinated programme will pilot world’s first malaria vaccine in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi in 2018. The injectable vaccine was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria. Global efforts reduced malaria deaths by 62% between 2000 and 2015, yet approximately 429 000 people died of the disease in 2015 – the majority of them young children in Africa.

From warehouse to remote communities: the journey of vaccines

25 April 2017 – 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.

Urgent response needed for viral hepatitis

21 April 2017 – New WHO data reveal that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The WHO Global hepatitis report, 2017 indicates that the large majority of these people lack access to life-saving testing and treatment. As a result, millions of people are at risk of a slow progression to chronic liver disease, cancer, and death.

Preventing malaria during pregnancy in Africa

21 April 2017 – Approximately 52 million pregnant women living in sub-Saharan Africa are at risk of exposure to malaria each year. A key preventive therapy – known as intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) – has been added to the antenatal care package in response. An estimated 69% of pregnant women are not receiving the full cycle of IPTp however, a gap which must be urgently closed.

Five years into the Decade of Vaccines

20 April 2017 – World Immunization Week, celebrated 24–30 April 2017, promotes the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Today, there are still 19.4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world.

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World Immunization Week, 24-30 April

Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.


  • Health security: is the world better prepared?
    April 2017 – There is no more acute need for a guardian of health than during a disease outbreak. Lessons learned from the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014 were the catalyst to creating our new Health Emergencies Programme, enabling a faster, more effective response to outbreaks and emergencies.
  • World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research
    April 2017 – The first-ever World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. The report describes the evolution of the field and provides figures on publications produced, funding trends, and institutional capacity.
  • Mexico eliminates trachoma, leading infectious cause of blindness
    April 2017 – Trachoma has been eliminated as a public health problem in Mexico, WHO announced today. Mexico becomes the first country in the Americas and the third in the world after Oman and Morocco to receive validation from WHO for having eliminated this disease.

Fact sheets

Tweets from WHO


Children and environment

Infographics on how environmental exposures start in the womb, and can have effects throughout life.

Neglected tropical diseases

"Increased donations of essential medicines have enabled access to treatment for almost a billion people."