Expanded programme on immunization

Fourth Annual Meeting of the Regional Verification Commission for Measles Elimination in the Western Pacific

The Fourth Annual Meeting of the Regional Verification Commission for Measles Elimination in the Western Pacific was held in Macao SAR (China) from 24 to 27 March 2015.

The objectives of the fourth annual meeting were to review the annual progress reports of the 16 National Verification Committees (NVCs) and the Sub-Regional Verification Committee (SRVC) and make recommendations for the achievement of measles elimination; to make a determination about the achievement of measles elimination for countries and areas where requested by the NVCs/SRVC; to monitor ongoing maintenance in countries and areas that had previously been verified to have interrupted endemic measles transmission, and to monitor progress towards control of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome.

The Regional Verification Commission (RVC) members reviewed the annual progress report submitted by 16 NVCs and the SRVC. Australia, Macao SAR (China), Mongolia, and the Republic of Korea were confirmed to have sustained measles elimination after being verified in 2014. Among countries requesting verification of measles elimination, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, and Japan were verified as having achieved measles virus elimination for a period of at least 36 months since the time of the last known endemic case in the presence of high quality surveillance and supportive genotyping evidence.

RVC members made country- or area-specific recommendations to each of the NVCs and SRVC, as well as to WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific and the Measles and Rubella Initiative (MRI).

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