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Reducing Measles Mortality

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Reducing Measles Mortality

In 1980, measles was one of the most deadly childhood diseases. In fact, it caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. Thanks to governments, the United Nations, and the Measles Initiative, this is no longer the case.

In 2001, the United Nations Foundation, the American Red Cross, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the World Health Organization formed a partnership committed to reducing measles deaths globally: The Measles Initiative.

In ten years, with support from around the world, the Measles Initiative has stopped outbreaks, improved treatment, and protected more than one billion children from one of the deadliest diseases.

Measles mortality has decreased by an impressive 78 percent worldwide. The decline in measles-related deaths – from an estimated 733,000 deaths in 2000 to 164,000 in 2008 – accounts for nearly a quarter of the overall decrease in childhood mortality.

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