It was over fifty years ago now, but my mother Susan can still recall that dark, concrete hospital ward at what was then known as the Cincinnati General Hospital. At just six years old, she found herself in a white bed partitioned off from her neighbors by glass. On her left, a young man in an iron lung; on her right, a baby who wouldn’t stop screaming. She remembers falling dangerously ill in the summer of 1960 during a road trip to Williamsburg, Virginia with her family, and remembers the ensuing days of indescribable pain.

While much progress has been made globally in reaching the public with immunizations, one in five children across the world still do not have access to routine immunizations.

Statement on the World Health Organization’s Declaration of a Public Health Emergency International Concern for Zika Virus

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Feb. 8, 2016 — On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, declared Zika a Public Health Emergency International Concern (PHEIC), because of growing concerns of the suspected association between Zika and the rise in detected cases of congenital malformations and neurological complications in newborn babies.