20 November 2012

Africa: Who Outlines Strategy to Tackle Measles in the Continent

Luanda — The World Health Organisation (WHO) in the African region and its partners defend the need for more resources for the implementation of strategies with a view to achieving the pre-measles elimination goals.

In its report for the 2010/2012 biennium, WHO quotes 14 countries that have conducted supplementary immunisation activity in 2011, under the established plan and coupled with the vaccination to respond to the measles outbreak.

The activity targeted a total of 81.8 million children.

According to the report from the 62nd Session of the WHO Regional Committee that reached Angop, measles outbreaks continue to pose a challenge related to lack of adequate funding for the implementation of strategies.

It also mentioned the delays in the completion of supplementary immunisation activities and gaps in the coverage of routine immunisation.

The source says that the WHO is providing the countries with support to outline their multi-year strategic plans to combat the diseases.

In addition to the current mobilisation of resources from traditional donors for the measles programme, the Measles Initiative has mobilised USD 55 million to tackle outbreaks and emergencies requiring rapid response and additional funding.

Opened by Angolan vice president, Manuel Vicente, the WHO session will will go until Friday (November 23), under the motto "Leadership for Better Health."

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