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African Health Monitor
Issue #19
March 2015
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Editorial

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Regional Strategic Plan for Immunization 2014–2020

 

Aim

To provide universal immunization coverage within the WHO African Region by 2020.

Objectives

  • To improve immunization coverage beyond the current levels.
  • To complete interruption of poliovirus transmission and ensure virus containment.
  • To attain the elimination of measles and make progress in the elimination of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome.
  • To attain and maintain elimination/control of other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Targets

Objective 1: To improve immunization coverage beyond the current levels

  • DTP3 vaccine coverage to reach 90% region-wide by the end of 2020
  • All countries to introduce PCV by the end of 2020
  • At least 37 countries to introduce the rotavirus vaccine by 2020
  • At least 35 countries to introduce HPV by the end of 2020
  • At least 25 countries to introduce a birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine by the end of 2020
  • All countries to regularly report adverse events following immunization by the end of 2020

Objective 2: To complete interruption of poliovirus transmission and ensure virus containment

  • All countries to interrupt transmission of wild poliovirus by 2014
  • All OPV-using countries to introduce at least one dose of inactivated polio vaccine by 2015
  • All polioviruses to be laboratory contained and the Region certified polio free by the end of 2018
  • A regional polio legacy plan to be finalized by the end of 2015

Objective 3: To attain the elimination of measles and make progress in the elimination of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome

  • All countries to achieve an incidence of confirmed measles of less than 1 case per million population by 2020
  • MCV1 coverage to be at least 95% at the national and district levels and SIA coverage to be 95% in all districts
  • At least 25 countries to introduce rubella-containing vaccine by 2020

Objective 4: To attain and maintain elimination/control of other vaccine-preventable diseases

  • All countries to attain and validate elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus by 2020
  • All high-risk countries to attain yellow fever immunization coverage of 90% or higher by 2020
  • All countries within the meningitis belt to introduce MenAfriVac through campaigns, and 15 of them to have the vaccine in routine immunization by 2020
  • Seroprevalence of HbsAg among children younger than 5 years to be less than 2% by 2020

 

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