13 September 2013 – Today in New Delhi, all countries of WHO’s South-East Asia Region committed to eliminate measles and control rubella/congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020. The resolution was approved during the Sixty-sixth Regional Committee. These commitments follow a February 2013 regional consultation where all countries, development partners and immunization stakeholders agreed on the feasibility of eliminating measles and controlling rubella in the region by the target date of 2020.
In order to foster relationships and facilitate local information sharing of disease surveillance and control efforts of polio and other vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs), the Government of Myanmar suggested a cross border meeting should be conducted with neighboring countries. Upon the request from the Government of Myanmar, WHO’s South-East Asia Regional Office organized a cross-border meeting with the participation of countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), which includes Cambodia, China, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
1 February 2013 - In an updated position paper, published in the Weekly Epidemiological Record today, WHO recommends the use of rotavirus vaccines in all national immunization programmes, particularly in south and south-eastern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
This panel session highlighted efforts being made in SEA countries to implement intensification of routine immunization activities for reaching more children with immunization services. As more countries are now introducing new and underutilized vaccines, the session discussed progress and challenges for countries to address issues around mobile population, access, shortage of workforce, community mobilization. Panelists showcased how GAVI and other partners, including WHO and UNICEF, are supporting countries to address some of these issues.