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.
Over the last 20 years, UNICEF and its partners have pursued an ambitious initiative to work with governments and communities to carry out mass vaccination campaigns and disease surveillance around the world.
Between 2000 and 2017, UNICEF has help vaccinamore than 2 billion children around the world, 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. Over 100,000 people, including children, died from measles in 2017. And even in countries where vaccines are widely available, measles is making an unwelcome return, threatening to undo decades of progress. We’re most protected from deadly diseases when we are all protected together.
A measles vaccine can cost as little as 30 cents per dose. Just 65 cents can provide a child one dose of a vaccine for measles and rubella. Every donation counts.
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