WHO warned today that progress towards the elimination of measles has stalled. The number of deaths from measles increased from an estimated 122 000 in 2012 to 145 700 in 2013, according to new data. The estimated number of measles deaths in 2013 represents a 75% decline in mortality since 2000, significantly below the target of a 95% reduction in deaths between 2000 and 2015.
Revised WHO position on human papillomavirus vaccines
In an updated position paper published today, WHO revised the number of doses recommended for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines for different age groups.
WHO reiterates its recommendation that HPV vaccines should be included in national immunization programmes, provided that: prevention of cervical cancer and other HPV-related diseases constitutes a public health priority; vaccine introduction is programmatically feasible; sustainable financing can be secured; and the cost-effectiveness of vaccination strategies in the country or region is considered.
New data released show that under five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013 thanks to affordable interventions such as immunization. But overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under five mortality by 2015. In 2013, 2.8 million babies died within the first month of life, which represents about 44% of all under five deaths.
Every year on 28 July, WHO and partners mark World Hepatitis Day to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes.
Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. This year, WHO and partners urge policymakers, health workers and the public to 'think again' about this silent killer.
78%drop in global measles deathsGlobal control and regional elimination of measles
84%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2013DTP3 coverage for 2013
21.8 millionchildren incompletely vaccinated at 12 months of ageData on number of unvaccinated children