Expanded programme on immunization

Vision, Mission and Objectives


A region in which all people at risk are protected against vaccine preventable disease


To support all Member States in their efforts to protect their citizens from vaccine preventable disease, disability, and death


The development of the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS), which was endorsed by WHO's and UNICEF's global governing bodies (World Health Assembly and Executive Board respectively) in 2005, established the EPI-WPR strategic framework by which countries may realize the full potential of EPI by 2015.

The immunization goals and objectives for EPI in the Western Pacific Region from 2008-12 are drawn from the four GIVS (Global Immunisation Vision and Strategy) strategic areas and are:

Goal 1 - Protecting more people in a changing world: closing the gaps

Objective 1: Achieve and maintain at least 90% vaccination coverage in every country, with each district or equivalent administrative unit achieving vaccination coverage of at least 80%.

Objective 2: Maintain poliomyelitis-free status until global eradication and subsequent certification are achieved.

Objective 3: Eliminate measles by 2012 from all countries and areas in the Region.

Objective 4: Control hepatitis B infection by 2012 as indicated by seroprevalence of HBsAg to less than 2% among children under five years old.

Objective 5: Eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in the five countries where it remains an important public health problem by 2010 and maintain elimination status everywhere.

Objective 6: Improve and maintain vaccine, immunization and injection safety

Goal 2 - Introducing new vaccines and technologies: expanding the scope of immunizations

Objective 7: Provide technical support to national immunization programmes to determine which, when and how new and underutilized vaccines should be introduced into the routine schedule.

Related Objective 6: National Regulatory Authorities ensure an important role in post-marketing surveillance and vaccine licensure.

Related Objective 8: Vaccine introduction is based on disease burden data as well as monitoring impact of disease with introduction.

Related Objective 9: Vaccine security would benefit from local manufactures producing new vaccines.

Goal 3 - Integrating immunization, other health linked interventions and surveillance in the health systems context: expanding the scope beyond vaccination

Objective 8: Improve the quality of vaccine preventable disease surveillance and programme monitoring, data management and use.

Related Objectives 2 and 3: Ensuring that poliomyelitis-free status is maintained and monitoring the progress of measles elimination requires high quality surveillance to rapidly detect and respond to cases.

Related Objective 7: The introduction of new and underutilized vaccine requires surveillance to determine disease burden for decision-making as well as monitoring impact of the introduction of vaccine.

Related Objectives #1-7, 9: Integration with other health services often enhances immunization service delivery.

Goal 4 - Immunizing in the context of global interdependence: ensuring sustainability

Objective 9: Ensure vaccine security and programmatic financial sustainability for currently and newly offered vaccines.

Related Objective 2: Political support is important to maintain poliomyelitis-free status.

Related Objective 1-8: Partnerships provide needed technical, financial and logistical resources to achieve EPI’s goals.

Contact information

Expanded Programme on Immunization
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
World Health Organization
P.O. Box 2932
1000 Manila
Tel. no. (+63 2) 5288001
Fax no. (+63 2) 5211036, 5260279