The world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Funding is now secured for the initial phase of the programme and vaccinations are due to begin in 2018.
The vaccine, known as RTS,S acts against P. falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally and the most prevalent in Africa.
Despite a 79% worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015, nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day.
Mass measles vaccination campaigns and a global increase in routine measles vaccination coverage saved an estimated 20.3 million young lives between 2000 and 2015. But progress has been uneven.
WHO and health partners helped vaccinate more than 10 000 children against measles in 2 days in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the conflict-affected Borno State. Since 6 June 2016, health clinics in IDP camps in Borno State have seen increasing numbers of measles cases. From early September until late October, WHO received reports of 744 suspected cases of measles, and 2 deaths.
WHO has rapidly expanded and strengthened disease detection and response in support of the Government of Nigeria’s response to the humanitarian crisis in north eastern Nigeria, where 3.7 million people are in need of health assistance.
Within two weeks of scaling up its emergency response in late August 2016, WHO rolled out its Early Warning Alert Response System in 56 health facilities in Borno state.