About Us

The Measles & Rubella Initiative is a global partnership to lead and coordinate efforts to achieve a world without measles and rubella.


The Measles & Rubella Initiative (M&RI) is led by the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

The M&RI aims to achieve a world without measles and rubella by supporting countries to raise coverage of measles, rubella and other vaccines; fund, plan, implement and monitor quality supplementary campaigns; investigate outbreaks and provide technical and financial support for effective outbreak response, propose and participate in solutions to strengthen immunization delivery; and support a global laboratory network for measles and rubella.

Since 2001, the Initiative has supported 88 countries to deliver more than 2 billion doses of measles vaccine, helped to raise measles vaccination coverage to 85% globally, and reduced measles deaths by 73%. To date, the partnership has invested more than US $1.2 billion in measles and rubella control activities.

In 2018, the Measles & Rubella Initiative supported 37 countries to implement measles campaigns that reached more than 350 million children with bundled vaccines, operational costs or technical assistance.

Key supporters of the Measles & Rubella Initiative include countries and governments affected by measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome;

The Measles & Rubella Initiative is also grateful to its many individual private donors and supporters. Together we move faster.

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