Vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization

World Vaccination Week 2015

Global Vaccine Action PlanThe Global Vaccine Action Plan aims to: strengthen routine immunization; accelerate control of vaccine-preventable diseases; introduce new and improved vaccines; and spur research and development.Since 2010, countries in Region have observed World Vaccination Week to promote the benefits of immunization to the public and reinvigorate collective efforts to ensure vaccination for all children in the Region.

Immunization is widely recognized as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. It prevents between 2 and 3 million deaths every year and now protects children not only against diseases for which vaccines have been available for many years, such as diphtheria, tetanus, polio and measles, but also against diseases such as pneumonia and rotavirus diarrhoea, 2 of the biggest killers of children under 5 years of age.

This year’s campaign focused on closing the immunization gap and reaching equity in immunization levels as outlined in the Global Vaccine Action Plan, a framework to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through universal access to vaccines, endorsed by the 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly in May 2012.

During the Week countries in the Region expanded vaccination services and engaged in a range of activities to educate the public on the benefits of immunization.  

Read about Vaccination Week activities in the Region


Region shows strong commitment to World Immunization Week, 24–30 April 2015

In the last week of April 2015, the Region witnessed remarkable commitment and the strong leadership of Member States in observing World Immunization Week. Since commencement of Immunization Week events...

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Haemophilus influenzae vaccine introduced in all national immunization programmes

20 November 2014 - The 18 November marked a major achievement in the history of immunization programmes in the Eastern Mediterranean Region following the introduction of the  vaccine (Hib) in...

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In focus

28 February 2016 — The Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa, hosted by the World Health Organization’s Regional Offices for Africa and for the Eastern Mediterranean, in conjunction with the...

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World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions...

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