Stopping a cholera outbreak in South Sudan
26 July 2016 – In an effort to stop the spread of cholera in South Sudan, the Ministry of Health, with support from WHO and partners, is ramping up disease surveillance, treatment and prevention efforts. Conflict is threatening the health of thousands of people and 271 cholera cases have been reported, including 14 deaths. An oral cholera vaccination campaign set to start today aims to reach over 14 000 people.
Global immunization coverage sustained in past 5 years
15 July 2016 – Recent data from WHO and UNICEF indicate that 86% of the world’s children received the required 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccines (DTP3) in 2015, a coverage level that has been sustained above 85% since 2010. The number of children who did not receive routine vaccinations has dropped from 33.8 million in 2000 to an estimated 19.4 million in 2015 as a result. Progress and gaps in immunization coverage
Key challenges flagged for International AIDS Conference
15 July 2016 – Four key challenges have been flagged by WHO as the international community meets at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, from 18–22 July. These challenges include the need to renew attention to HIV prevention while maintaining momentum on scaling up access to HIV treatment, the growing emergence of antiretroviral (ARV) drug resistance, and the need for sustainable financing of the global response. Note for the media