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In May 2012, 194 countries at the World Health Assembly committed to the Global Vaccine Action Plan. Within that plan is the commitment to achieve the measles and rubella mortality reduction and elimination goals. Five of the six WHO regions have measles elimination goals, and three of six have rubella elimination or control goals to be achieved before or by 2020.
The world has also committed to reduce measles deaths by 95% by 2015.
Access to measles vaccine for one-year old children is an indicator for the Millenium Development Goal 4: to reduce under five deaths by two-thirds by 2015.
The global commitment to eliminate measles from most countries and rubella from many is clear. No child should die of measles and no child should be born with congenital rubella syndrome.
These goals can only be realised with political commitment from country leaders to prioritise children’s health and provide the funds and health workers needed to reach children. The global community has a major role to play to support countries with technical expertise and funds, and recognise countries that are doing all they can to stop measles and rubella.
Measles and rubella move fast. We must all honor our commitments to move faster.
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