The 2015 Measles and Rubella Initiative Annual Partners Meeting took place September 15-16 in Washington, DC.
This year’s event focused on the human and financial cost of measles and rubella as well as the actions needed to accelerate progress towards the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) goals, which commit to measles elimination in four WHO regions and rubella elimination in two WHO regions by 2020.
The event was attended by more than 120 representatives from M&RI partner organizations, Ministries of Health, and the private sector.
Annual Partners Meeting Highlights
Photo courtesy of ARC
An opening plenary panel that featured ARC President Gail McGovern, Acting Director of CDC Center for Global Health Rebecca Martin, UNF President Kathy Calvin, UNICEF’s Chief of Immunization (a.i) in New York Henri Van Den Hombergh, and WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Director Dr. Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele.
Moderated by journalist and author Charles Graeber, the panel fielded questions on a wide range of issues including how the M&RI can take advantage of the existing polio-eradication infrastructure and how best the initiative can course-correct to meet the 2020 GVAP goals.
We encouraged attendees and partners to get social! Here is a small selection to illustrate the buzz around the 2015 Annual Meeting, from founding agencies and immunization partners.
M&RI Champion Awards
ARC President Gail McGovern presented M&RI Champion Awards to the ARC of Central and South Texas Region, the LDS Charities of the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints, Kenya Red Cross Society, Dr. Susan Reef of CDC’s Rubella Team and the Department for International Development (DFID).
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THE HUMAN COST OF MEASLES
There were many outstanding presentations at this year’s meeting, but the talk given by children’s author Emmi Herman about measles and her sister was very touching, and had many people in tears. We have archived a transcript of her moving speech. You can read it here.
TACKLING MEASLES WHILE FIGHTING EBOLA
And Liberian Deputy Health Minister Dr. Francis Kateh gave a compelling presentation outlining how his country planned and executed a major measles immunization campaign while at the same time fighting the unprecedented Ebola outbreak that erupted late last year. His presentation can be seen here.
WHAT THE GLOBAL HEALTH COMMUNITY CAN LEARN FROM LIBERIA’S MEASLES CAMPAIGN
Click here to read three lessons from Liberia’s measles vaccination campaign that can be applied to the broader global health community.