Founding Partners


American Red Cross

The American Red Cross helps vulnerable people and communities around the world prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, humanitarian crises, and health emergencies. The American Red Cross accomplishes this by mobilizing the power of the world’s largest humanitarian network comprised of 190 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and more than 97 million volunteers.

The American Red Cross coordinates the global partnership with the United Nations Foundation and provides substantial funding, advocacy and technical support. The American Red Cross also works with its sister Red Cross and Red Crescent societies to educate and mobilize parents to vaccinate their children during immunization campaigns and through routine immunization.



U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

For more than 60 years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. The CDC, a branch of the U.S. government, is committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people.

In support of the Measles & Rubella Initiative, the CDC provides technical assistance for epidemiological and laboratory surveillance. In addition, the CDC provides funds for bundled measles vaccines, safe immunization practices, and operational support.



United Nations Foundation (UNF)

The United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation), a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic US $1 billion gift to support United Nations causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach, including through the [email protected] grassroots advocacy campaign championing global childhood immunization. The UN Foundation coordinates the global partnership with American Red Cross, mobilizes resources, and manages the funds of the Measles & Rubella Initiative through an agreement with the United Nations. Under this agreement, the UN Foundation manages and coordinates donor proposals, provides matching funds for other donor funds, and disburses and accounts for these funds through the UN financial system.



United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Vaccines now protect more children than ever before, but nearly one in five infants misses out on the basic vaccines they need to stay alive and healthy. UNICEF works with governments, civil society, other UN agencies, the private sector and communities themselves to provide immunization to the children who need it the most in over 140 countries. UNICEF also works with partners to re-establish the delivery of faster, more effective and at-scale life-saving interventions and services disrupted by conflict and other emergencies.

With an aim to help realize children’s right to survival and good health, UNICEF and its partners engage communities to create vaccine demand, procure and distribute vaccines and ensures vaccine safety through cold chain logistics. Immunization is a key priority for UNICEF as low immunization levels among poor and marginalized children compromise gains made in all other areas of maternal and child health. Therefore, UNICEF tailor new approaches to vaccinate every child in every community – no matter how remote or challenging. Working with private and public partners, UNICEF also steers investment toward new vaccines, diagnostic and health technologies.

As one of the founding members of the Measles & Rubella Initiative, UNICEF’s strength lies at the country level where it has a strong infrastructure and links to ministries of health at national and subnational levels. Specifically, UNICEF provides technical, financial, logistical, communication and demand creation support to countries around the world to help achieve a measles- and rubella-free world. UNICEF does this by providing on-the-ground support to develop and implement immunization systems and strategies and in taking concrete actions required to strengthen health systems and create demand for health services and healthy behaviours, so that every woman and every child can demand, access and utilize quality health services.



World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. The organization is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

WHO has a leading role in strategy development, consensus building and program monitoring for the Measles & Rubella Initiative. WHO provides technical leadership and strategic planning for the management and coordination of global measles and rubella control activities. The organization is also responsible for ensuring that all components of the 2012-2020 Measles & Rubella Strategy are technically sound and successfully implemented.


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