Protecting children against measles and rubella in Nepal

April 2012

Children line up for vaccination at school
Measles & Rubella Initiative/C. McNab

Nepal is in the midst of implementing a three-phase immunization campaign, the largest the country has ever done. With support from the Measles & Rubella Initiative, health workers will immunize almost 10 million young people against measles and rubella. The first phase of the campaign was held from 26 February to 30 March 2012.

This photo essay explains why Nepal is holding its first-ever measles-rubella campaign, and shows how health partners are reaching children in some of the most remote villages in the world.

The Measles & Rubella Initiative was founded by the American Red Cross, U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, UN Foundation, UNICEF and WHO in 2001 and includes partners such as the GAVI Alliance and the Lions Clubs International. The Initiative has delivered more than 1 billion measles vaccines to children worldwide, and reduced measles mortality by 78 per cent from 2000-2008.

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