Launched in 2001, the Measles & Rubella Initiative is a partnership — led by the American Red Cross, United Nations Foundation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and World Health Organization — committed to reducing measles deaths worldwide. The Measles & Rubella Initiative founding partners provide technical and financial support to governments and communities conducting mass vaccination campaigns, improving routine immunization services, and establishing effective disease surveillance. To date, the partnership has invested US $670 million in measles control activities, helping to save an estimated 4.3 million lives.
The Initiative is currently focused on supporting the United Nations’ goal of reducing global measles mortality by 90 percent (2000-2010). Initially targeting Sub-Saharan Africa, the Measles & Rubella Initiative has helped reduce deaths by 92 percent* across the region. Building on its success, the Measles & Rubella Initiative now supports vaccination campaigns worldwide. The initiative aims to further reduce measles deaths by 95%, achieve the rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) elimination goals by 2015, and eliminate measles and rubella in at least five of six World Health Organization (WHO) regions by 2020.
|Value||USD 670 Million|