Ninth session


Smallpox Eradication

         The Regional Committee,

         Noting that smallpox still continues to be endemic in some countries of the Western Pacific Region;

         Realizing that its eradication can be accomplished through the institution of a well-organized anti-smallpox campaign as part of the integrated total programme;

         Recognizing that the use of a potent vaccine by well-trained health personnel is a requisite to a successful campaign; and

         Having regard to the decisions and practical measures recommended by the Eleventh World Health Assembly, *

  1. DRAWS the attention of the health administrations of governments where the disease is a public health problem to:
    (1) the following recommendations of the World Health Assembly:
    (a) "that during 1959-1960 the population be vaccinated in countries which principal endemic foci of smallpox exist, and
    (b) " that during 1961-1962 additional vaccination of the population should be carried out in foci where the disease persists, and that subsequently revaccinations be given to the extent it becomes necessary in accordance with the experienced acquired in each country;"
    (2) the value of actively vaccinating all children as a part of the various health programmes;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director to provide advice on the planning and implementation of smallpox programmes to those governments seeking it and to report at the next meeting of the Regional Committee on the action taken, the difficulties and problems met and the results obtained.

* See resolution WHA11.54 (WHO Handbook of Resolutions and Decisions, Vol. I, 1973, p. 90-91)

01 October 1958

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