Twenty five speakers took the floor during the Global Vaccine Action Plan discussion at the World Health Assembly. At its mid-term review, the global vaccination targets remain off-track with gaps in immunization coverage and slow progress in the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus, measles and rubella.
Delegates noted that when countries and partners establish and enforce clear accountability systems, measure results and take corrective actions when results are not achieved, gaps in immunization can be closed.
In a major public health feat, WHO South-East Asia Region has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).
MNT elimination for the Region became official after a team of experts today successfully validated the remaining four provinces of Indonesia, the last pocket in the Region to achieve the target; after India reached the elimination goal last year.
Greece extends vaccination to refugees and migrants
Two vaccination campaigns for the refugee and migrant population in Greece will begin in early May 2016 to ensure that all those who require vaccination receive it.
Vaccination will be provided according to Greece's national immunization schedule.
There is arguably no single preventive health intervention more cost-effective than immunization in saving lives and protecting people’s health.
A selection of the most notable immunization achievements and events in 2015 as a result of WHO’s involvement is featured here.