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 2.9 billion doses of measles vaccine, helped to raise measles vaccination coverage to 85% globally, and reduced measles deaths by 62%. To date, the partnership has invested more than US $1.2 billion in measles and rubella control activities.

In 2019, the Measles & Rubella Initiative supported 53 countries to implement measles campaigns that reached more than 203 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.

Updated on March 25, 2021

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