Immunization

Immunization and Vaccine Development (IVD)

Immunization in the South-East Asia Region

Woman with baby, Timor-Leste
WHO/Timor-Leste/S Singh

Vaccines are widely recognized as one of the most cost-effective and successful public health interventions. Across the South-East Asia Region, immunization has prevented millions of deaths and disabilities, achieved dramatic declines in once highly-endemic diseases, stopped the transmission of wild poliovirus, eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus, and significantly reduced the transmission of measles, Japanese encephalitis, and hepatitis B viruses.

Strong immunization systems built over the past decade ensure that over 32 million infants are now fully immunized annually and more than 90% of the population in the Region is accessing the benefits of life-saving vaccines.

"These achievements are an immense source of pride and testimony to the work of political decision-makers, and the millions of health workers and volunteers supporting immunization programmes. Through our collective effort we have the power to fortify and expand routine immunization across the Region. We have the power to prevent, control and eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles.”

- Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region

Immunization Highlights

World Immunization Week 2019

Celebrated in the last week of April the global strife aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. While already over 88% of the infants born every year are already fully immunized, there remain still over 4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Let us promote that everybody benefits from the power of vaccines - Protected Together: Vaccines Work!

The WHO South-East Region celebrates the 5th anniversary of having been certified polio-free on 27 March 2014. Five years since the unprecedented achievement, the Region continues to be polio-free. All countries in the Region, accounting for one-fourth of the world’s population, continue to make concerted efforts to vaccinate and protect children against the crippling disease. A strict vigil is being maintained against poliovirus importation; through quality surveillance and preparedness should poliovirus be once more identified.

THINK Associates

21st March 2019- WHO Maldives supported and partnered with the Government of Maldives in launching the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination campaign for young girls between 10-14 years old in a ceremony held in the Thaajuddeen School, Male’. The nationwide HPV campaign was patronized by His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih under whose leadership Maldives has made this laudable step in the right direction to eliminate cervical cancer.

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About IVD

The Immunization and Vaccine Development (IVD) Unit supports the protection of the people of South-East Asia from vaccine-preventable diseases by strengthening routine immunization systems, supporting supplementary immunization campaigns, assisting the introduction of new vaccines, strengthening disease surveillance, encouraging research and development and ensuring vaccine safety and quality.

South-East Asia Regional Vaccine Action Plan 2016-2020

The Regional Vaccine Action Plan describes a set of regional goals and objectives for immunization and control of vaccine-preventable diseases, based on those recommended in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP):

1. Routine immunization systems strengthening » 2. Measles elimination and rubella/CRS control » 3. Maintaining polio-free status » 4. Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination » 5. Japanese encephalitis accelerated control » 6. Hepatitis B control » 7. Introduction of new vaccines » 8. Access to high quality vaccines »

Data for action

Measles elimination

As of August 2018, endemic measles has been eliminated in Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Maldives and Timor-Leste

Meetings and Reports

Technical oversight

EPI Fact Sheets 2017

Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination

Contact us

Immunization and Vaccine Development
Regional Office for South-East Asia
Red Fort Capital Parsvnath Tower 1 (6th floor)
Bhai Vir Singh Marg, Gole Market,
New Delhi-110 001, INDIA


Telephone: +91 11 2337 0804
Fax: +91 11 2337 0106
Email: searivd@who.int