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The first malaria vaccine will be tested on the three chosen African countries by the World health Organization. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi are the countries, which will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with young children.

Malaria vaccine to be tested

Malaria Vaccine to Be Tested

Malaria vaccine to be tested

The Vaccine and report: -

  • It has partial effectiveness, has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives if used with existing measures
  • The WHO regional director of Africa is Dr. Matshidiso Moeti
  • The challenge is weather the country will able to deliver the required four dose of vaccine for each child
  • Malaria has been the most stubborn health challenge which has been affecting more than 200 million people every year and killing about a half million
  • Bed netting and insecticides are the chief protection.
  • Due to the global efforts the death rate have been cut by 62%
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is hardest hit by the disease, with about 90 percent of the world’s cases in 2015.
  • It spreads in the body when a mosquito bites someone already infected, sucks up blood and parasites, and then bites another person.
  • The vaccine shall be tested on 5 to 17 month old
  • To see if the effects are shown so far in clinical trials can hold up under real-life conditions
  • This vaccine took decades of work and hundreds of millions of dollars to develop
  • These countries were chosen because they all have strong prevention and vaccination programs but continue to have high numbers of malaria cases
  • The countries will deliver the vaccine through their existing vaccination programs.
  • The vaccine has been developed by the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, and the $49 million for the first phase of the pilot is being funded by the global vaccine alliance GAVI, UNITAID and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

What is the World Health Organization?

  • It is the specialized agency of the united nations
  • It is concerned with the international public health
  • It was established on 7th April 1948
  • It has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
  • The WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group.
  • Its current priorities include communicable diseases, in particular HIV/AIDS, Ebola, malaria and tuberculosis; the mitigation of the effects of non-communicable diseases; sexual and reproductive health, development, and ageing; nutrition, food security and healthy eating; occupational health; substance abuse; and driving the development of reporting, publications, and networking.
Map shows the Location of WHO Regions

Map Shows the Location of WHO Regions

Map shows the Location of WHO Regions

- Published/Last Modified on: May 1, 2017

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