Unprecedented victory against measles

Here’s some encour­ag­ing news. The Measles Ini­tia­tive part­ner­ship recent­ly announced that world­wide measles deaths fell 60% from 1999 to 2005, from 873,000 down to 345,000 deaths per year. That’s 528,000 lives saved every year.

“One of the clear­est mes­sages from this achieve­ment is that with the right strate­gies and a strong part­ner­ship of com­mit­ted gov­ern­ments and orga­ni­za­tions, you can rapid­ly reduce child deaths in devel­op­ing coun­tries,” said Dr. Julie Ger­berd­ing, Direc­tor, Unit­ed States Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC).

We’ve seen that it can be done. What’s next?

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