Fortieth session


Expanded Programme on Immunization

         The Regional Committee,

         Having reviewed the progress report on the Expended Programme on Immunization;*

         Noting with satisfaction the accomplishments of the programme to date;

         Recognizing, however, that full immunization coverage has not yet been achieved in all countries and areas, and that cases of diseases preventable through immunization continue to occur;

         Mindful that further challenges will be faced during the 1990s with respect to achieving and sustaining full immunization in all countries, controlling the target diseases, improving surveillance, and introducing new or improved vaccines as these become available for public health use;

         Recalling resolution WPR/RC39.R15 on the regional eradication of poliomyelitis by 1995;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to continue their vigorous efforts to provide immunization services for all children of the Region so that coverage levels are over 80% in all countries and areas by the end of 1990 and over 90% by the year 1995;
    (2) to establish reduction targets for all the diseases in their national immunization programmes, and include targets for specific geographical areas and population groups, as appropriate;
    (3) to spare no effort in the implementation of their plans for eradicating poliomyelitis by 1995;
  2. THANKS the international collaboration agencies, especially UNICEF, for their continuing support for the Expanded Programme on Immunization and encourages them to continue and increase efforts so that full coverage is achieved and sustained during the 1990s and the target diseases are reduced or eradicated;
  3. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to pursue the action needed to achieve full coverage and maintain it in the 1990s, adding new or improved vaccines as they become available;
    (2) to continue to seek the extrabudgetary funds needed to support these activities;
    (3) to keep the Regional Committee informed of the progress of the Expanded Programme on Immunization, including progress in the eradication of poliomyelitis.

* WPR/RC40/10

22 September 1989

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