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 189 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 UNF, 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 UNF builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and also works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach.

UNF coordinates the global partnership with American Red Cross and manages the funds of the Measles & Rubella Initiative through an agreement with the United Nations. Under this agreement, the UNF 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)

UNICEF was created to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. UNICEF has more than 40 years experience in global immunizations and has a sterling record of procuring and delivering vaccine and safe injection supplies at low cost to developing countries. 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.

For the Measles & Rubella Initiative, UNICEF uses its logistical and procurement capacity to support the purchase and delivery of syringes, vaccine, and other supplies. The agency also provides funding, logistical, vaccine management and social mobilization support.



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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