African Health Monitor Issue #19
Special issue: Immunization in the African Region
Vaccination has been lauded as one of the greatest public health achievements. Smallpox, a human disease, and rinderpest, which affects livestock, were eliminated through vaccination. Currently, several vaccines are given to children and adolescents to prevent a number of childhood diseases, including pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles.
There has been a steady rise in immunization coverage over the years and vaccines have become available to many communities and populations, especially deprived communities in the countries of the WHO African Region. There has also been significant progress in the introduction of several new vaccines, including pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), rotavirus and conjugate meningitis vaccines in the Region.
These successes have been made possible with the commendable leadership and unwavering commitment of governments and people in the Region and of partners. However, several challenges remain to be addressed. The articles carefully chart the successes and challenges of immunization in the African Region.
This special edition is a call to all stakeholders – governments and people of the African Region as well as partners – to increase efforts at making immunization a way of life across the Region. Governments should continue to make vaccination a top priority and commit adequate resources and communities should appreciate the value of immunization, and demand and protect immunization services as a basic right.
News and Events
- Routine immunization in the WHO African Region: Progress, challenges and way forward
- Rotavirus disease burden in Africa and the need to accelerate introduction of vaccines
- Inactivated poliovirus vaccine campaign in Kenya: Lessons learned
- African Vaccination Week: Platform for effective partnership to deliver multiple interventions in the African Region
- Polio eradication in the African Region: Progress and way forward
- Measles elimination in the WHO African Region: Progress and challenges
- Update on elimination of epidemic meningitis in the African Region
- Progress towards the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus
- Vaccine safety and pharmacovigilance in the WHO African Region
- Surveillance for diseases targeted by new vaccines: Progress, challenges and way forward
- Overview of the WHO Polio Laboratory Network in the African Region
- Status of environmental surveillance in the African Region
- Environmental surveillance in Kenya
- Community-based surveillance on polio eradication in the Horn of Africa
- Immunization monitoring and vaccine-preventable diseases surveillance data management in the African Region
- Cross-border initiative on polio eradication in the Horn of Africa
- The national Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) programme in Uganda 2012–2014
- All-age group polio supplementary immunization activities, Garissa County, Kenya
- Role of operational research in accelerating progress towards attainment of poliomyelitis targets in the African Region
- Regional Strategic Plan for Immunization 2014–2020