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The Measles Initiative: moving toward measles eradication.
J Infect Dis 2011; 204 Suppl 1:S14-7JI

Abstract

The World Health Assembly should establish a target date for measles eradication based on continued progress toward existing mortality reduction goals. We have a safe, effective, and inexpensive vaccine; a proven elimination strategy; high country demand; and an effective global partnership. Since it was founded in 2001, the Measles Initiative has supported the vaccination of >900 million children in supplementary immunization activities. Largely as a result, global measles deaths decreased by 78% between 2000 and 2008, averting an estimated 4.3 million deaths. The Measles Initiative has exceeded its targets and evolved to address increasingly ambitious goals. The current challenges include a decline in funding and weak routine immunization systems in some countries. Skeptics of measles eradication raise 3 main objections: the yet-to-be-achieved polio eradication goal, the high cost, and the impact on health systems. These are important concerns that can be addressed with judicious program planning. All 6 World Health Organization regions have committed to measles elimination, and 5 have set a target date. The World Health Assembly has endorsed interim targets toward eradication, and an independent global measles advisory group has determined measles can and should be eradicated. A target date for eradication will focus efforts and capitalize on the achievements of the last decade.

Authors+Show Affiliations

American Red Cross--International Services, NW3-117C, 2025 E St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA. christieat@usa.redcross.orgNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Introductory Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21666155

Citation

Christie, Athalia S., and Andrea Gay. "The Measles Initiative: Moving Toward Measles Eradication." The Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 204 Suppl 1, 2011, pp. S14-7.
Christie AS, Gay A. The Measles Initiative: moving toward measles eradication. J Infect Dis. 2011;204 Suppl 1:S14-7.
Christie, A. S., & Gay, A. (2011). The Measles Initiative: moving toward measles eradication. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 204 Suppl 1, pp. S14-7. doi:10.1093/infdis/jir075.
Christie AS, Gay A. The Measles Initiative: Moving Toward Measles Eradication. J Infect Dis. 2011;204 Suppl 1:S14-7. PubMed PMID: 21666155.
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