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Measles immunization gap

Measles kills more children than any other vaccine-preventable disease -- over 800,000 every year. The percentage of children immunized against measles before their first birthday is therefore a good indication of whether countries are fostering the survival and growth of their youngest citizens. This year's health league table addresses measles immunization -- but from a new angle. Instead of the percentage of children immunized against measles, it shows the percentage not immunized. These are the children whose fundamental human right to health care has been denied.

WHAT THE TABLE RANKS:
Percentage of children under 1 not immunized against measles.
(Developing world average: 23%)

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SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA CENTRAL ASIA EAST/ SOUTH
ASIA & PACIFIC
AMERICAS
1 Gambia 0 1 Kuwait 1 1 Azerbaijan 1 1 China 3 1 Argentina 0
2 Botswana 18 2 Jordan 2 2 Kazakhstan 3 2 Viet Nam 4 2 Jamaica 1
3 Sierra Leone 21 2 Oman 2 3 Uzbekistan 8 3 Korea, Dem. 6 3 Canada 2
4 Zimbabwe 23 4 Iran 5 4 Armenia 11 4 Korea, Rep. 8 3 Cuba 2
5 Rwanda 24 5 Israel 6 5 Tajikistan 20 5 Mongolia 12 5 El Salvador 3
5 South Africa 24 6 Morocco 7 Regional
average
28 5 Singapore 12 6 Colombia 5
5 Zambia 24 7 Libya 8 6 Turkmenistan 34 7 Australia 13 7 Chile 7
8 Lesotho 27 7 Saudi Arabia 8 7 Kyrgyzstan 35 7 New Zealand 13 8 Honduras 9
9 Madagascar 32 9 Tunisia 14 8 Georgia 45 9 Bhutan 14 9 Panama 10
9 Malawi 32 10 Egypt 15 9 Afghanistan 58 9 Myanmar 14 10 United States 11
9 Tanzania 32 10 Lebanon 15       9 Sri Lanka 14 11 Trinidad/ Tobago 12
12 Mauritania 33 Regional average 16       12 Thailand 15 12 Bolivia 13
13 Uganda 34 12 Syria 16       Regional average 17 13 Costa Rica 14
14 Angola 35 12 Turkey 16       13 India 19 14 Uruguay 15
14 Côte d'Ivoire 35 14 U. Arab Emirates 17       13 Malaysia 19 Regional average 19
16 Guinea 39 15 Iraq 20       15 Pakistan 22 15 Paraguay 19
16 Mauritius 39 16 Sudan 25       16 Cambodia 28 16 Ecuador 21
16 Namibia 39 17 Algeria 32       16 Philippines 28 17 Dominican Rep. 22
19 Benin 43 18 Yemen 49       18 Japan 32 17 Nicaragua 22
19 Mozambique 43             19 Indonesia 37 19 Mexico 25
21 Burkina Faso 46             20 Lao Rep. 39 20 Brazil 26
21 Ethiopia 46             21 Bangladesh 41 21 Peru 29
Regional
average
47             22 Nepal 55 22 Guatemala 31
23 Ghana 47             23 Papua New Guinea 56 23 Venezuela 36
23 Guinea-Bissau 47                   24 Haiti 69
25 Senegal 49                        
26 Burundi 50                        
27 Togo 52                        
28 Cameroon 54                        
28 Central
African Rep.
54                        
30 Nigeria 55                        
31 Liberia 56                        
32 Congo 58                        
33 Congo, Dem. Rep. 59                        
34 Eritrea 62                        
34 Gabon 62                        
34 Kenya 62                        
37 Mali 65                        
38 Somalia 67                        
39 Chad 72                        
40 Niger 79                        

Sources: UNICEF and WHO.

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