Join us to support greater investment in measles and rubella mortality reduction activities. Let’s reach every child!

The Measles & Rubella Initiative faces a serious funding shortfall this year. Lack of funding has left millions of children not being vaccinated and delayed response efforts during large outbreaks in Ethiopia, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thousands of children’s lives hang in the balance, threatening to turn back the progress we have made over the past 15 years that has reduced measles mortality by 79% and saved 17.1 million lives.

Despite the availability of a safe, effective, and affordable vaccine, each day measles still kills about 315 children. M&RI has helped prevent millions of deaths through immunization, but a core contributor to the partnership – the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – has not received a significant increase in funding for measles prevention activities since 2010.

The United Nations Foundation Shot@Life campaign is a grassroots advocacy organization that supports the UN and vaccine partners around the globe to stop deadly and disabling vaccine-preventable diseases. Right now the campaign is promoting a petition and Call to Action in support of greater U.S. government investment in measles mortality reduction activities that will save children’s lives. Please join your voice together with Shot@Life Champions and sign this petition.

Measles moves fast, but together we can move faster.

One thought on “POTUS petition to increase funding to fight measles and rubella

  1. I got the measles during an outbreak in 1990 in Orange County, Ca., at the age of 30. I had been vaccinated, but according to my doctor it made me hypersensitive instead of resistant ( an unusual “bad batch” was her explanation . I developed pneumonia and encephalitis. The residual brain dysfunction has plagued me since.
    I am now on SSI, for some reason I couldn’t get SSDI, and after 5 years I tried to go back to work with little success. I don’t ever wish to see anyone, especially a child have to suffer the battle of long-term complications if this highly contagious, yet highly preventable illness.
    I had already been diagnosed in 1981 with rheumatoid arthritis, and after many fortunate years of intermittent remissions, those days are history. I want to write a book telling my story. It’s not only timely but I think may help people understand what’s at stake by not vaccinating. I have children in my family with autism spectrum disorders so I do understand the fear and despair associated with the parents who are anti-vaccine.
    As a former budding journalist, I believe I can educate and depict a story that can change lives. Kudos to POTUS for taking on this very important medical topic.

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