SEA/RC62/8 - Measles
AbstractThe global goal for measles control is reducing measles mortality by 90% in 2010 in comparison to 2000. Nevertheless, the Americas (2002), the Eastern Mediterranean (2010), Europe (2012) and the Western Pacific regions (2012) of WHO have set their respective measles elimination goals. The African Region has set a pre-elimination goal of reducing measles mortality by 98% in 2012 compared to 2000 estimates. In the South-East Asia (SEA) Region, which has a measles morality reduction goal, four Member States are implementing measles elimination strategies and all Member States except India have reached an advanced stage of measles mortality reduction. With the success in the Americas and progress in three regions with an elimination goal, there is interest in exploring the feasibility of setting a global measles elimination goal. Accordingly, the 125th session of the WHO Executive Board directed the WHO Secretariat to submit a report on the “feasibility of global elimination of measles” to the 126th session of the Executive Board in January 2010. The Regional Office will also organize a regional consultation from 25-27 August 2009 to consider the feasibility of a regional measles elimination goal. This paper presents an update on the progress in achieving the goal of measles mortality reduction in the SEA Region. The important considerations in establishing a measles elimination goal include achieving high and sustainable routine immunization coverage; a highly sensitive surveillance system; availability of funding; adequate vaccine supply of assured quality; and application of lessons learnt from polio eradication. The High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for the Regional Committee reviewed this paper, asked the Secretariat to update it in light of the discussions, and recommended the inclusion of “measles” on the agenda of the Sixty-second Session of the Regional Committee to be held in September 2009. The outcome of the regional measles consultation (August 2009) will be attached as an annex to this document. The HLP meeting also proposed a draft resolution for the consideration by the Regional Committee. The paper is now submitted to the Sixty-second Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration, and for its decision regarding the resolution proposed by the HLP meeting.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2009). SEA/RC62/8 - Measles. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128465