Measles is a highly contagious disease that kills tens of thousands of children every year. It often leaves survivors with life-long disabilities—such as blindness, deafness and even permanent brain injury—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.

Since then, UNICEF and partners have successfully vaccinated 1.8 billion children, helping to reduce measles deaths by 84% between 2000 and 2016, saving an estimated 20.4 million lives.

Despite our progress, there is still a long way to go. Every day, 15 thousand children die around the world from measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. By investing more in vaccination and increasing immunization rates, we can save millions of lives. We’re most protected from deadly diseases when we are all protected together. 

It costs UNICEF less than $1 to protect a child against measles. Every donation counts.

Pledge to support vaccines and mass immunization around the world, because vaccines work.

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