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Major Announcement on Measles Breakthrough

December 21, 2009


We’ve recently announced some important gains in the fight against measles, and it’s because of donations to the American Red Cross and Measles Initiative that we have such tremendous progress to report.

Among the findings we’ve announced is that we’ve reduced measles deaths by 78% worldwide in less than a decade—saving the lives of an estimated 4.3 million children.

For an advance look at the full article—and a video showing the fight against measles from a child’s perspective—click here.

Between 2000 and 2008, international vaccination programs and community education brought measles deaths down from 733,000 deaths a year to 164,000.

We are making great strides, but the fight won’t be over until we can be sure no one will suffer or die from this preventable disease ever again.

Because measles is so contagious, it’s vitally important that we continue our global vaccination programs to make sure new generations of children are immunized.

Thanks again for being our partner in this life-saving work!

Sarah Geurkink
International Services Coordinator
American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids

P.S. To learn more about the Measles Initiative, through which the Red Cross supports vaccination campaigns in more than 60 countries, visit the initiative’s website:

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