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Global measles vaccination drive to protect up to 45 million children
Vaccination campaigns in seven countries to tackle rise in measles cases worldwide
London, 5 February 2020 – Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance will help vaccinate up to 45 million children in seven developing countries over the next six months in a series of major vaccination campaigns to help halt a recent surge in global measles cases.
The campaigns will be carried out by governments with funding from Gavi and support from Vaccine Alliance and Measles & Rubella Initiative (M&RI) partners, including World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF. They will target children under five years old, the age group most vulnerable to the disease, with Bangladesh also aiming to reach children under nine years old.
In addition Gavi, with support from Vaccine Alliance partners, will help Madagascar and Mauritania introduce a second dose of measles-containing vaccine into their routine immunisation programmes. Over a million children every year in the two countries will receive this vital second dose, which increases the vaccine’s effectiveness from around 84 per cent to per cent…
The vaccination campaigns will take place in the following countries:
:: Bangladesh, where Gavi will fund measles-Rubella vaccines for over 15.5 million children under five years old. The government of Bangladesh will also support the vaccination of a further 17 million children up to nine years old.
:: Central African Republic, where around 1 million children will receive the measles vaccine in the second phase of a campaign that began last year.
:: Ethiopia, where nearly 15 million children will receive the measles vaccine.
:: Kenya, where up to 7 million children will receive the measles-rubella vaccine.
:: Nepal, where nearly 3 million children will receive the measles-rubella vaccine.
:: Somalia, where around 1.4 million children will receive the measles vaccine in the continuation of a campaign that began last year.
:: South Sudan, where over 2.5 million children will receive the measles vaccine…