measles Current Affairs - 2020

WHO, UNICEF: “Sharp Decline in Vaccination”

On July 15, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released data on alarming decline in number of children receiving vaccines. Highlights Around 14 million children missed out measles and DTP3 (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Petrussis) vaccine. Most of them live in Africa. Two-thirds of them live in Brazil, Read More…

Sri Lanka and Maldives becomes the First Two Countries from South-East Asia Region of WHO to Eliminate Both Rubella and Measles

Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) has announced on 8th July 2020 that Sri Lanka and the Maldives have eliminated Rubella Virus. With this, Sri Lanka and the Maldives became the first two countries from the South East Asia Region of WHO to have successfully eliminated both the Measles and Rubella Virus. Measles Virus Eliminated by Read More…

Lucknow Medical Hospital first in the country to launch Plasma Treatment Therapy

On April 27, 2020, the King George Medical University in Uttar Pradesh became the first government hospital to launch plasma therapy to treat COVID-19. The first dose of plasma therapy was given to a 58-year old patient. Highlights The Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) recently cleared the proposal of plasma therapy that was submitted Read More…

Study on India’s Measles Campaign

The findings of the study published in the journal eLife suggest that mass measles vaccination campaign of India helped save the lives of tens of thousands of children between 2010 and 2013. Measles Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. Measles has been an important cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability Read More…

WHO declares Brazil measles free

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared Brazil free of measles, after no case of the disease was registered in the year 2015. The eradication of measles in Brazil is the conclusion of work spanning several years. The WHO had worked along with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to eradicate the disease. From 1985 Read More…