Measles

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.

During 2018, in humanitarian emergencies — often working in temporary facilities or with campaigns — UNICEF and partners vaccinated 19.2 million children against measles.

Globally, 98 countries reported more measles cases in 2018 than in 2017, eroding progress against this preventable but highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. Significant outbreaks occurred in Brazil, India, Madagascar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Serbia and Ukraine, while a major outbreak in Veneuela led to the re-establishment of endemic measles transmission there.  

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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