UN Foundation's Measles Initiative

Partnership objective

Support the United Nations’ goal of reducing global measles mortality by 90 percent.

The initiative is currently focused on supporting the United Nations’ goal of reducing global measles mortality by 90 percent. The initiative is currently focused on supporting the United Nations’ goal of reducing global measles mortality by 90 percent. Copyright MSD

What are the health needs and challenges?

Measles remains an important cause of childhood mortality, especially in developing countries. Launched in 2001, the Measles 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 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 USD 670 million in measles control activities, helping to save an estimated 4.3 million lives.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

In 2008, MSD supported the Measles Initiative with a USD 2 million grant to “Strengthen Surveillance across Sub-Sahara Africa”. This grant supported training activities, laboratory strengthening, and actual surveillance activities after completion of campaigns.

In 2011, MSD continued its support with an additional USD 250,000 grant to support campaigns that will vaccinate more than 27 million children against measles in Nigeria.

MSD also provided a USD 300,000 grant to strengthen measles surveillance and routine immunization efforts in India, thereby helping to support campaigns in 2012 that vaccinated more than 122 million children in India.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

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 Initiative has helped reduce deaths by 92 percent across the region. Building on its success, the Measles Initiative now supports vaccination campaigns worldwide.

More than 1 billion children in more than 60 countries have received a measles vaccination as a result of the Initiative. Globally, deaths have decreased by 78 percent (between 2000 and 2008).

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Battling Measles in Afghanistan

Partnership information

Company(ies) MSD

Partner(s) Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations Foundation, World Health Organization (WHO)

Type of Partner(s) Government, IGOs, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Disease(s) Children's Health, Measles, Rubella

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Financial Support, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach, Prevention Programs - Vaccines

Targeted Population(s) Children, Marginalised / Indigenous People, People with low income

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Central Asia, Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 29

Country(ies) Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uzbekistan, Yemen

Start Date 2010

More information Measles & Rubella Initiative

Completed date 2012