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Want to Support Global Elimination of Measles?
« on: May 17, 2010, 08:59:33 am »
Support Global Elimination of Measles

Sponsored by: United Nations Foundation

The United Nations set an ambitious goal: reduce global measles deaths by 90 percent by 2010. Thanks to hard work by a coalition of international organizations including the World Health Organization, nearly 700 million children have been vaccinated, and measles mortality has fallen by 78 percent worldwide in less than a decade. Every region except Southeast Asia reached the 90 percent goal two years ahead of time.

But while countries continue to make progress, the momentum has slowed. In Southeast Asia with heavily populated India, Indonesia and Bangladesh, measles mortality has dropped just 46 percent -- jeopardizing the achievement of the 2010 goal.

We are at a critical point in the fight against measles, which is among the world's most contagious viral diseases and still kills 450 children each day. If we fail to vaccinate all children, we will face a threat of resurgence. We can knock it down, but unless we knock it out, it comes right back.

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