Mission, Vision

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A region in which all people at risk are protected against vaccine preventable disease


To support all Member States in their efforts to protect their citizens from vaccine preventable disease, disability, and death


The development of the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS), which was endorsed by WHO's and UNICEF's global governing bodies (World Health Assembly and Executive Board respectively) in 2005, established the EPI-WPR strategic framework by which countries may realize the full potential of EPI by 2015.

The immunization goals and objectives for EPI in the Western Pacific Region from 2008-12 are drawn from the four GIVS (Global Immunisation Vision and Strategy) strategic areas and are:

Goal 1 - Protecting more people in a changing world: closing the gaps

Objective 1: Achieve and maintain at least 90% vaccination coverage in every country, with each district or equivalent administrative unit achieving vaccination coverage of at least 80%.

Objective 2: Maintain poliomyelitis-free status until global eradication and subsequent certification are achieved.

Objective 3: Eliminate measles by 2012 from all countries and areas in the Region.

Objective 4: Control hepatitis B infection by 2012 as indicated by seroprevalence of HBsAg to less than 2% among children under five years old.

Objective 5: Eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in the five countries where it remains an important public health problem by 2010 and maintain elimination status everywhere.

Objective 6: Improve and maintain vaccine, immunization and injection safety

Goal 2 - Introducing new vaccines and technologies: expanding the scope of immunizations

Objective 7: Provide technical support to national immunization programmes to determine which, when and how new and underutilized vaccines should be introduced into the routine schedule.

Related Objective 6: National Regulatory Authorities ensure an important role in...