Bangladesh Launches Largest Ever Measles Vaccination Campaign
After major success in Africa, Measles Initiative expands support to Asia where measles burden remains high
Washington, DC — February 22, 2006
The Bangladesh measles vaccination campaign to be held for three weeks between February 25 and March 16 will mark the Measles Initiative’s expansion into Asia after recently celebrating the success of the Initiative’s original goal of reducing measles deaths by vaccinating 200 million children in more than 40 African countries, and preventing 1 million children from dying from measles over five years. The Government of Bangladesh launches the largest ever measles campaign next week in an effort to reduce measles deaths and morbidity with support from the Measles Initiative, a partnership led by the American Red Cross, UN Foundation, World Health Organization, UNICEF and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The campaign will be the largest public health undertaking in the history of Bangladesh; approximately 33.5 million children between the ages of nine months and 10 years will be immunized by 50,000 skilled vaccinators and 750,000 mobilized volunteers, through more than 100,000 schools and 150,000 Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) centers. When completed, the Bangladesh campaign will be the largest measles vaccination campaign in history. The largest campaign carried out to date was in Nigeria with 28.5 million children vaccinated.