Founded originally as the Measles Initiative in 2001, it changed its name to the Measles & Rubella Initiative in 2012 when rubella was added to the mission. With the addition of new partners in 2023, the initiative was rebranded as the Measles & Rubella Partnership. The Partnership is led by the American Red Cross, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

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The Problem

An estimated 350 people die each day from the disease.

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The Solution

Measles and rubella are easily preventable with a safe and effective vaccine. It only costs about $1 to vaccinate a child against measles and $2 to vaccinate against both measles and rubella.

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The Impact

As a result of an increased number of children vaccinated, measles deaths fell by 83 percent between 2000-2021

The Measles & Rubella Partnership’s goal is to one day achieve a world free from measles and rubella.

Since 2001, the M&RP has supported 88 countries to deliver more than 3.86 billion doses of measles vaccine, helped to raise measles vaccination coverage to 81% globally, and reduced measles deaths by 83%.

Updated on January 10, 2023

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