Measles is a highly contagious disease that kills over 100,000 children annually. It often leaves survivors with life-long disabilities—such as blindness, deafness or brain damage—and costs the global economy millions of dollars annually in medical expenses and lost productivity.
In 2001, UNICEF and its partners launched an ambitious initiative to work with governments and communities to carry out mass vaccination campaigns and disease surveillance around the world. With the generous support of donors, UNICEF and its partners have successfully vaccinated over 1 billion children since 2001 and reduced measles deaths by 71% between 2000 and 2011.
It costs UNICEF less than $1 to protect a child against measles. Now, through the UNICEF Measles Challenge, the impact of your donations up to a total $5 million will be effectively doubled through funds raised from additional sources.