Moving Faster than Measles & Rubella
Measles and rubella move fast.
Failure to vaccinate children against measles and rubella puts them at risk of serious health complications, such as: pneumonia, diarrhea, brain damage, deafness, blindness and heart disorders.
Rubella is generally a mild illness but when pregnant women become infected, there is a 90% chance of the fetus having congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).
The baby can be born with multiple birth defects –if it survives at all.
Rubella vaccination prevents mothers from giving birth to babies with CRS and prevents life-long disability.
100,000 babies are born with CRS around the world each year.
More than 60% of the 21.5 million children who did not receive one dose of measles vaccine in 2013 came from only 6 countries: India: 6.4M | Nigeria: 2.7M | Pakistan: 1.7M | Ethiopia: 1.1M | Indonesia: 0.7M | DR Congo: 0.7M
A household in Ethiopia can lose 1 month’s income if 1 child is sick from measles.
Measles is a leading cause of death among children around the world. 400 die every day, 16 every hour – despite the fact that a safe and e¬ffective vaccine has been available for over 50 years.
Measles and rubella move fast. We have committed to move faster.
Eliminating measles & rubella requires reaching every child to protect them against both diseases, including the poor and marginalized.
It only costs about $1.50 to vaccinate a child against both measles and rubella in low-income countries. 1.8 billion vaccinated since 2001. Measles vaccination prevented 15.6 million child deaths from 2000-2013.
Measles & Rubella Initiative: A global partnership to stop measles and rubella.
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