WHO Western Pacific Region celebrates World Immunization Week, 21-27 April 2014
After a very successful Regional Immunization Week 2013, the countries in the Region are getting ready to observe the Regional Immunization Week 2014 from 21-27 April 2014. The theme for Regional Immunization Week 2014 is "Stop hepatitis B and liver cancer. Vaccinate at birth."
Lao People’s Democratic Republic, October 2013 - This month, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic introduced the vaccine that helps to prevent cervical cancer.
Each year, more than 270 000 women globally die of cervical cancer, and 85% of these live in low- and middle-income countries. Often, screening for pre-cancerous lesions and cervical cancer treatment are unavailable due to a lack of trained personnel, equipment and affordable therapy.
The vaccine works by preventing infection with the human papillomaviruses (HPV) that cause about 70% of cervical cancers. Due to its high cost, the vaccine has been out of reach in many low- and middle-income countries. But now the GAVI Alliance, with technical support from WHO, is making it available to girls. The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is one of the first countries to launch an HPV vaccine demonstration project.
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, 21 October 2013 - In an official ceremony, Cambodian Ministry of Health announced today the introduction of a new vaccine into the national immunization schedule to protect children against measles and rubella in a single dose. The introduction of this vaccine will start through a national immunization campaign.
This, the largest nationwide immunization campaign in the country’s history that aims to vaccinate over four million children aged nine months to 15 years starts today Monday, 21 October 2013 and will be rolled out in every village, commune and district in three phases until December. Close coordination with local government departments and the Ministries of Health and Education is expected to result in a successful campaign.
27 MAY 2013 - The Sixty-sixth session of the World Health Assembly took place in Geneva during 20–27 May 2013. On its session of Friday 24 May, the Assembly acknowledged the progress achieved in the past year in bringing polio to its lowest ever levels, thanks to actions of Member States in placing polio eradication on an emergency footing.
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