Global Immunization Strategy: The WHO (World Health Organization) recently unveiled UN-led Global Immunization Strategy to reach more than 50 million children who have missed lifesaving jabs against measles and other diseases because of COVID-19 disruption.
- WHO, along with UNICEF and the vaccine alliance Gavi, stated that their new global strategy has the potential to save 50 million lives within less than a decade.
- To avoid multiple outbreaks of life-threatening diseases like measles, yellow fever and diphtheria, it must be ensured that routine vaccination services are protected in every country in the world.
WHO Survey on effects of COVID-19 pandemic on Vaccination:
- A WHO survey showed more than one third of countries were still seeing disruptions to their routine immunization services.
- The joint statement stated that around 60 mass vaccination campaigns were currently postponed in 50 countries which have put 228 million people, mostly children, at risk of diseases such as measles and polio.
- WHO is an acronym for World Health Organization.
- It was created in 1948 by member states of the United Nations (UN) as a specialized agency with a broad mandate for international public health.
- It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
- The main objective of WHO is “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible standard of health.” It plays an essential role in the global governance of health and disease.
- Its mission is to improve people’s lives, reduce the burdens of disease and poverty, and provide access to responsive health care for all people.
- The WHO is governed by two decision-making bodies, the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board.
- The current Director-general of WHO is Tedros Adhanom.
- The WHO has played a leading role in several public health achievements, most notably the eradication of smallpox, the near-eradication of polio, and the development of an Ebola vaccine.
- Its current priorities include communicable diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS, Ebola, malaria, and tuberculosis; non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and cancer; healthy diet, nutrition, and food security; occupational health; and substance abuse.