11 Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region committed to eliminating measles and controlling rubella and congenital syndrome (CRS) by 2020.

    The 11 Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region committed to eliminating measles and controlling rubella and congenital syndrome (CRS) by 2020. The commitment came at the Sixty-sixth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia. The announcement noted that these 11 countries constitute some 45% of global measles deaths and that WHO estimates that US$800 million will be needed to achieve these goals by 2020.  The announcement also reported that “in order to reach the goal of measles elimination and rubella control, governments will need to achieve and maintain 95% population immunity against these diseases within each district through routine immunization and/or supplementary campaigns. Countries will also need to develop and sustain a sensitive and timely case-based measles and rubella/CRS surveillance system. The regional network of accredited measles and rubella laboratories needs to be expanded and strengthened. Strategic plans are being developed by all countries in the Region. These plans will need allocation of adequate funds and human resources.”

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