Press releases and news notes
In drought-hit Somalia, children also face potentially deadly measles threat
BAIDOA, Somalia, 25 April 2017 – Almost 30,000 young children, many of them displaced by a searing drought, are being vaccinated against measles this week in an emergency campaign in Baidoa, a town at the heart of one of Somalia’s hardest-hit areas.
4.7 million children in vaccination campaign against measles in northeast Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, 26 January 2017 – In a major vaccination campaign concluding this week, 4.7 million children are being vaccinated in response to a measles outbreak in northeast Nigeria. The campaign is covering the three states most affected by the Boko Haram conflict – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – where insecurity has limited vaccination efforts. In 2016, there were approximately 25,000 cases of measles among children in Nigeria; 97 per cent of the cases were in children under the age of ten and at least a hundred children died.
Measles jab saves over 20 million young lives in 15 years, but hundreds of children still die of the disease every day
NEW YORK/ATLANTA/GENEVA, 10 November 2016 – Despite a 79 per cent worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015, nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day, leading health organizations said in a report released today.
Nearly 8 million children in Sudan to be immunized against measles following deadly outbreak – UNICEF
KHARTOUM, Sudan/ GENEVA / NAIROBI 22 April 2015 – Following one of the worst measles outbreaks in Sudan’s recent history, the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF, the Measles and Rubella Initiative (M&RI) and national partners, is launching a massive campaign to immunize 7.9 million children aged six months to 15 years against this life-threatening disease.
Measles prevention campaign underway in Vanuatu, amid fears of disease outbreak - UNICEF
SUVA, 17 March 2015 – An emergency vaccination drive is under way in Vanuatu to protect children hit by Cyclone Pam, as fears grow of a serious measles outbreak.
UNICEF helps restart measles immunizations in Ebola-hit countries
GENEVA/DAKAR/CONAKRY/FREETOWN/MONROVIA, 9 January 2015 – UNICEF is helping governments and communities restart stalled immunizations amid a surge in measles cases in Ebola-affected countries, where health systems are overwhelmed and tens of thousands of children are left vulnerable to deadly diseases.
Spike in measles deaths among children troubling, UNICEF says
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 13 November 2014 – UNICEF today expressed alarm at new data showing that the number of child deaths from measles jumped from an estimated 122,000 in 2012 to 145,700 in 2013.
Measles threatens thousands of Somali children
MOGADISHU/GAROWE/HARGEISA, Somalia, 10 June 2014 – Outbreaks of measles in several regions have left thousands of Somali children at risk of disability or death if they are not urgently vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.
UNICEF, government vaccinating over 1.7 million children in Guinea amid measles outbreak
CONAKRY, Guinea/DAKAR, Senegal, 11 February 2014 – As the death toll and the number of suspected cases of measles continue to rise in Guinea, UNICEF and the Government of Guinea have kicked off a massive emergency campaign to vaccinate over 1.7 million children in an effort to stop the spread of measles throughout the country.
UNICEF notes strong results in new global estimates for measles mortality 2000 – 2012
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 6 February 2014 – UNICEF today noted that the drop in measles demonstrates the importance of investing in vaccines and immunisation - both routine and mass campaigns - as estimated global measles deaths decreased by 78 per cent from more than 562,000 in 2000 to 122,000 in 2012.
Emergency measles vaccination campaign to protect 125,000 children in Central African Republic
BANGUI/YAOUNDE, 21 May 2013 – UNICEF and its partners are mounting an emergency measles vaccination campaign in Bangui, the conflict-hit capital of the Central African Republic, after eight children tested positive for the disease in April.
Mass measles and polio immunization campaign starts in Jordan
AMMAN, 17 April 2013 – Amid rising concern over the risk of disease outbreaks, a mass vaccination campaign has been launched at Za’atari refugee camp, where over 100,000 refugees currently live in overcrowded conditions.
Eighty-six percent decline in measles cases brings Western Pacific Region closer than ever to measles elimination
ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 12 September 2012 - Measles cases are at an historic low in the Western Pacific Region and it’s making...
Yemen - nationwide measles campaign launched as child deaths from the disease increase
SANA’A, 10 March 2012 - The Government of Yemen in collaboration with UNICEF, WHO, USAID, ICRC and other partners today launched a...
Measles Initiative hails GAVI decision to fund Rubella campaigns
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 17 November 2011 - Today the Measles Initiative applauds the GAVI Alliance board decision to fund rubella campaigns in the countries...
The Measles Initiative vaccinates one billion children in first decade
WASHINGTON D.C., 4 August 2011 – The Measles Initiative today announced it has helped vaccinate one billion children in more than 60 developing countries...
Vaccination campaigns for children underway in the Horn of Africa
NAIROBI, 26 July 2011 – This week, UNICEF, the Kenya Ministry of Health and WHO have launched a vaccination campaign for children living in the...
AusAID provides funds for measles outbreak response campaign
Dili, Timor-Leste, 06 May 2011 - AusAID signed an agreement to fund US$865,855 through UNICEF to support measles control...
UNICEF Liberia – Measles campaign underway in Nimba County
NIMBA COUNTY, Liberia, 1 February 2011 – A measles vaccination campaign targeting all children in Nimba County, which hosts over 30,000 refugees from the Ivory...
UNICEF, WHO: Nearly 100 million children to be vaccinated against measles in China
BEIJING, CHINA, 1 September 2010 – Nearly 100 million children across China will be vaccinated against measles from 11-20 September in one...
Launch of the National Child Health Week and Measles Campaign in Zambia
LUSAKA, 19 July 2010 – The Ministry of Health in Zambia and partners, including UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), today launched...
WHO and UNICEF concerned about measles outbreak in Eastern and Southern Africa
NAIROBI/ HARARE, 18 June 2010 – A steep increase in cases of measles in Eastern and Southern Africa has put recent gains in reducing mortality due...
Global measles deaths drop by 78 per cent, but resurgence likely
ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 3 December 2009 – The Measles Initiative announced today that measles deaths worldwide fell...
UNICEF reaffirms vital importance of two-dose measles control strategy
NEW DELHI, 9 NOVEMBER 2009 – In an article published today, UNICEF reiterated the vital importance of administering a second dose of...
UNICEF supports national measles campaign in Rwanda
BUGESERA, RWANDA, 6 October 2009 - To continue a tradition launched in 2008, Rwanda today organized the third round of Mother and Child Health...
Largest ever, life saving campaign to reach 1.5 million Somali children
NAIROBI, 29 December 2008 – Over 1.5 million children under the age of five and women of child-bearing age across the entire country of Somalia will benefit ...
Global measles deaths drop by 74 per cent
ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 4 December 2008 – Measles deaths worldwide fell by 74 per cent between 2000 and 2007, from an estimated 750 000 to 197 000.
Measles Initiative supports disease prevention for children in China’s earthquake zone
WASHINGTON, D.C, 10 November 2008 - The Measles Initiative is supporting the government of the People's Republic of China in providing measles...
Measles Initiative Statement on recent U.S. outbreaks
WASHINGTON, 21 August 2008 — Measles, a highly contagious viral disease, can result in serious complications and death. As a result of a successful vaccination program...
Strengthening the cold chain system to preserve vaccines in Myanmar
YANGON, 12 August 2008 - UNICEF and WHO handed over a new cold chain facility to the Myanmar Ministry of Health today...
Lebanon starts national anti-measles and rubella campaign targeting over 900,000 children
Beirut, 31 March 2008 – Lebanon started a national anti-measles and anti-rubella vaccination campaign today targeting more than 900,000 children, as part of its...
Massive measles vaccination campaign wraps up in Pakistan
WASHINGTON D.C., 17 MARCH 2008 —The final phase of a national vaccination campaign to protect the children of Pakistan against measles is being...
Mumps epidemic sweeps Moldova
CHISINAU, 5 February 2008 – UNICEF and the World Health Organisation(WHO) have launched a joint appeal for $US 1.9 million to purchase mumps...
Niger measles drive targets 2.9 million under five children
NIAMEY, 7 January 2008 – President Tandja of Niger today kicked off a major campaign to vaccinate 2.9 million children against measles.
Measles campaign a success in Zambia
LUSAKA, 31 October 2007 - More than 2.1 million children, aged nine months to five years were immunized against measles during a week long integrated...
Measles and Malaria prevention campaign in Madagascar
WASHINGTON, D.C., 22 October 2007 - The government of Madagascar, in collaboration with international partners, is launching a national health...
International Peace Day commemorated in DRC with mass child survival campign
KINSHASA, 21 September 2007 - UNICEF and partners commemorated the International Peace Day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by launching...
New phase of largest-ever measles vaccination campaign begins in Pakistan
WASHINGTON D.C., June 29, 2007 —The government of Pakistan is launching a new phase of the largest-ever national measles vaccination campaign, with a goal of reaching more than 63 million children by March 2008. This campaign will protect millions of children against measles in Pakistan, and will also be a significant step toward reaching the global goal of reducing measles deaths by 90 per cent by the year 2010 (compared to 2000).
UNICEF and WHO respond to measles outbreak in DPRK
14 March 2007 – In response to a major outbreak of measles in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), UNICEF...
Global goal to reduce measles deaths in children surpassed
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 January 2007 — Measles deaths have fallen by 60 per cent worldwide since 1999 – a major public health success. This exceeds the United Nations goal...
Measles Initiative to announce major achievement in public health
17 January 2007 - Media Advisory
Myanmar joins global measles-control effort
YANGON, 14 January 2007 – A brightly-painted papier-mâché doll sold in the shops outside pagodas has become the symbol for Myanmar’s national measles vaccination campaign, part of a national measles strategy launched today in Yangon.
Ghana’s bid to save 20,000 young lives
ACCRA, 1 November 2006 – In an unprecedented attempt to save the lives of 20,000 infants and children in the coming year, Ghana today began nationwide distribution of 2.1 million long-lasting bed nets as part of a massive integrated child health campaign.
Measles vaccination campaign faces up to challenges of ongoing Lebanon conflict
BEIRUT, 7 August 2006 – The campaign to protect tens of thousands of children displaced by the ongoing conflict in Lebanon against the twin threat of measles and polio is moving up a gear this week.
UNICEF and partners begin immunisation campaign for children displaced by the Lebanon conflict
BEIRUT, 4 August 2006 - UNICEF measles campaign in Beirut has been seriously hampered by recent bombings. While the campaign is still going on, it has been greatly disrupted.
Bringing hope to Angolan children
WASHINGTON, D.C., 12 July 2006 – The government of Angola and its partners in the Measles Initiative, the Global Fund on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative are launching a major health campaign to provide life-saving interventions for Angolan children. The integrated campaign is targeting more than 3.5 million children with measles and polio vaccinations, vitamin A, de-worming medication, and, in seven provinces, long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs). The campaign begins on 12 July in Luanda, with an official launch event on 13 July in Mbaza Congo.
Partners team up in Kenya to fights measles and malaria
WASHINGTON, 8 July 2006 – The government of Kenya has launched a two-phase integrated measles vaccination campaign, targeting more than five million children between nine months and five years of age. In addition to measles vaccinations, the campaign will provide other life-saving health interventions, including polio vaccinations (in select districts), vitamin A and de-worming medicine. Residents in the Nyanza and Western provinces will also receive insecticide-treated nets, proven to be one of the most effective and cost-efficient means of preventing malaria.
Eritrea to vaccinate all children under five years old against measles in national campaign
ASMARA, 28 June 2006 – The Eritrean Ministry of Health, supported by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, is targeting the country’s almost half a million children between six months and five years old in a nationwide measles vaccination and Vitamin A supplementation campaign. The campaign was launched today by Dr. Zemuie Alemu, Director of Family and Community Health.
Measles vaccination to target 30,000 displaced children in Dili
DILI, 12 June 2006 - The Ministry of Health and UNICEF will launch a mass measles vaccination campaign on 13 June targeting all children aged six months to 14 years living in displacement camps in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste.
Global measles deaths plunge by 48% over past six years
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 10 March 2006 - An ambitious global immunization drive has cut measles deaths by nearly half between 1999 and 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced today.
Azerbaijan: Mass immunization campaign against measles and rubella
BAKU, 24 February, 2006 – Around three million children and young people aged 7-23 nationwide and 7-29 in Baku will be immunized against measles and rubella between 27 February and 13 March in Azerbaijan.
Bangladesh prepares for its largest public health campaign: 33.5 million children vaccinated against measles in three weeks
DHAKA / GENEVA, 17th February 2006: Bangladesh is getting ready to mount the biggest Measles vaccination campaign in the world from 25th February-16th March 2006. An estimated 33.5 million children aged between 9 months and under 10 years will be vaccinated during the 20 day period.
Benin Measles Campaign Marks Culmination and Success of Measles Initiative Five-Year Goal
WASHINGTON, December 12, 2005 — The Benin campaign will mark the culmination and success of the Measles Initiative’s original goal of reducing measles deaths by vaccinating 200 million children in more than 40 countries, and preventing 1 million children from dying from measles over five years.
New Southern Sudan Government and UN Launch Measles Immunization Campaign
JUBA, SOUTHERN SUDAN, November 28, 2005 - The biggest-ever immunisation campaign in Southern Sudan kicks off today in the capital, Juba.
UNICEF measles immunization campaign to reach 800,000 children of quake-hit Pakistan administered Kashmir
MUZAFFARABAD, 16 November 2005 - In an extensive and accelerated campaign UNICEF is working with WHO and the Ministry of Health targeting 800,000 children under 15 years of age for immunization against measles. The two week long campaign will cover the whole of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PAK) with a focus on the remote valleys where access remains difficult.
Bangladesh Measles Campaign reaches 98 per cent of targeted children
DHAKA, 10 October 2005 - Phase one of the recently completed National Measles Vaccination campaign in Bangladesh successfully reached 98 per cent of the target population aged between nine months and ten years of age.
Botswana: Turning the tide against measles
MOLEPOLOLE, 4 October 2005 – As noted in UNICEF’s recent Progress For Children report, few things yield greater benefits for the health, wellbeing and survival of a child than immunization. This message is being imparted to communities around Botswana as a country-wide Measles and Vitamin A campaign gets underway to immunize all children aged between 9 months and 5 years of age. A collaboration of UNICEF, WHO, the Ministry of Health, Botswana/USA Partnership, Botswana Red Cross Society as well as faith-based organizations, the campaign will run from 3 – 7 October 2005.
Governments welcome new WHO/UNICEF global immunization strategy that aims to avert millions of deaths
GENEVA, 25 May, 2005 - Governments meeting at the World Health Assembly officially committed to adopting an ambitious new global strategy to fight vaccine-preventable diseases, which kill more than two million people every year, two-thirds of whom are young children . The Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS) was designed by the WHO and UNICEF.
1.2 million children immunized in West Bank and Gaza strip
RAMALLAH/GAZA CITY, 5 May 2005 –An immunization campaign against measles, mumps and rubella was launched today for 1.2 million children and young people in the West Bank and Gaza strip.
Measles deaths drop by nearly 40 per cent over five years
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 4 March 2005 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced that countries are on target to halve deaths from measles, a leading vaccine-preventable killer, by the end of the year. Global measles deaths have plummeted by 39%, from 873 000 in 1999 to an estimated 530 000 in 2003 .
Mass immunization campaign against measles and rubella in Kazakhstan
ASTANA, KASAKHSTAN,18 February 2005 - Almost 1.5 million young people aged 15 – 25 will be immunized against measles and rubella between 21 February and 7 March in Kazakhstan, the Minister of Health announced today.
Cote D’Ivoire gets emergency measles vaccination over Christmas
ABIDJAN, 23 December 2004 – A measles vaccination campaign for some 20,000 children in the central Ivorian sub-prefecture of Prikro kicked off today and will continue through 26 December.
First mass measles vaccination in 3 years in Tubmanburg, Liberia
MONROVIA, 29 AUGUST 2003 - The first mass immunization measles campaign following the cessation of hostilities in Liberia will be launched today in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, by UNICEF and its partners. Tubmanburg is a base of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), one of the two rebel groups in Liberia, and is home to thousands of displaced persons, the majority of whom are women and children, from Gbarpolu and Lofa Counties.
Zambia's measles campaign reaches record numbers
LUSAKA, 26 August 2003 – In one of the biggest health campaigns in Zambia’s history, nearly 5 million children between the ages of 6 months and 14 years were successfully vaccinated against measles. During a Measles Campaign Awards ceremony on 21 August, the Minister of Health, Dr. Brian Chituwo, announced that 4,955,647 children had been immunized, representing coverage of 108 per cent (Target: 4,600,916). The National Measles Campaign, which was held from 7-13 June, is part of a larger global effort to halve the number of measles deaths by 2005.
Iran and Turkey launch world's largest measles campaigns
TEHRAN/ANKARA/GENEVA, 9 December 2003 – UNICEF said today that Iran and Turkey have launched the largest and most ambitious measles campaigns in the world, reaching a combined total of 53 million people over the next year.
UNICEF to protect health of Sudanese refugees in Chad
CHAD, 23 January 2004 - In response to the rapidly deteriorating situation of Sudanese refugees in Chad, UNICEF is moving ahead on a series of activities, including a measles campaign for nearly 86,000 children from six months to 14 years old (refugees and host population), as well as a Vitamin A distribution, in coordination with MSF Belgium and MSF Holland.
Measles deaths drop dramatically as vaccine reaches world's poorest children
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 28 April 2004 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced a global reduction of 30% in deaths from measles between 1999 and 2002. At 35%, the reduction in measles deaths was even greater in Africa, the region with the highest number of people affected by the disease. This progress demonstrates that collectively countries can achieve the United Nations goal of cutting global measles deaths in half by the end of 2005.
Climbing every mountain in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN, 27 September 2004 - Almost 3 million children and young people or some 50 per cent of the total population of Tajikistan will be immunized against measles over the coming two weeks in the first ever campaign of its kind in the country.
Global leaders intensify commitment to prevent leading childhood killer - measles
CAPE TOWN, 17 October 2003 - By 2005, almost half a million children will be saved every year, if there are expanded efforts to immunize and protect all children against measles, international health experts declared today.
Canada ups ante by $10 million (CAN.) in fight against measles in Africa
NEW YORK, 2 April 2004 - UNICEF today welcomed Canada’s donation of an additional 10.5 million Canadian dollars toward reducing child measles deaths in war-torn countries in Africa. The funds are targeted at the countries where children are at a greater risk of measles because of a mosaic of emergencies including war, conflicts, natural disasters and devastated health care systems. Recipient countries include Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Mali and Niger.
UNICEF Executive Director praises Ecuador for increased investment in children
QUITO, ECUADOR, 5 August 2003 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today applauded the commitment of Ecuador’s government to improving children’s lives through increased social spending, but said that more investment is necessary to reach all children with basic services.
Measles vaccination for 3.5 million children in Guinea
CONAKRY, 8 November 2003 - UNICEF Guinea, working in close cooperation with WHO and the Ministry of Health, is launching a nationwide measles vaccination campaign targeting all children in the countryside between the ages of 6 months and 14 years old. The aim of the campaign is to reduce the incidence of death from measles to zero in Guinea. Worldwide, this campaign aims to eliminate measles for good.
UNICEF and Partners Push Ahead With Polio and Measles Campaigns for Iraqi Children
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 18 February 2003 - In the shadow of ongoing international debate over a potential conflict in Iraq, health workers are expected to fan out across the country from 23-27 February to immunize more than 4 million Iraqi children against polio, UNICEF announced today. (Press Release)
UNICEF to vaccinate 1.4 million children in Liberia for measles
MONROVIA, 17 February 2004— UNICEF today said that it plans to support the vaccination of almost half of Liberia’s population against measles, by inoculating 1.4 million children by the end of this year.
The Measles Initiative 2007
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 January 2007 - The Measles Initiative represents a long-term commitment to support the goal of reducing measles...
Thousands of Darfur’s children get measles vaccine
KHARTOUM/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 8 September 2004 – In a unique follow-up to a June campaign that reached over 2 million children in Darfur with vaccination against measles, a campaign was launched yesterday to reach another 150 000 children from 9 months to 15 years in remote areas of North Darfur controlled by the Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM).
Angola has a National Strategic plan against measles
LUANDA, 11 September 2002 - Angolan children from 6 months to 14 years old will be vaccinated during a massive campaign implemented by the Ministry of Health as part of the Government Strategic Plan for the Reduction of Measles Mortality. The campaign was made possible with the support of UNICEF, WHO and other partners.
UNICEF starts measles vaccinations in Congo
Geneva, December 17, 2002 - UNICEF today kicked off a major campaign to vaccinate 3.5 million children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo against measles.
UNICEF, WHO call for Uganda cease-fire for mass immunisation against measles
KAMPALA, 7 October 2003 - The Country Representatives of UNICEF and of WHO in Uganda appeal to all belligerents in Uganda to cease all hostilities between 14th and 21st October to allow for the mass immunisation of children against measles.
Third phase of measles campaign underway in Côte d' Ivoire
COTE D’IVOIRE, 23 January 2004 – UNICEF will launch the third phase of its mass vaccination campaign against measles on 23 January in the northern districts of Odienne, Tengrela, Boundiali, Korhogo and Ferkessedougou, targeting over 450,000 children from 6 months to 14 years of age, adding to the almost 1.5 million children vaccinated last year in the central areas of the country. Simultaneously, vitamin A will be distributed to children under 5 years of age. UNICEF’s aim is to reach and protect these children before the measles season peaks in March.
America's Fund for Afghan Children donates $750,000 for measles
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, 15 October 2002 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have received a donation of $750,000 from America's Fund for Afghan Children (AFAC) to give a final boost to a measles vaccination campaign in Afghanistan and to support other ongoing health initiatives in that war-torn country.
Over 74% of Madagascar children vaccinated against measles
Antananarivo, October 4th – More than two weeks into the nation’s largest ever vaccination campaign, WHO and UNICEF are confident that all the country’s 111 districts will be reporting a measles vaccination coverage of at least 95% -- the amount needed to prevent a potential measles epidemic in the country.
UNICEF rushes measles vaccine team to Pankisi Gorge
GENEVA, 7 April 2004 - More than 2,500 children in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge are being immunized against measles this week, following an outbreak of the killer disease. UNICEF, with USAID and UNHCR, is rushing in vaccines and a mobile team to immunize more than 1,700 Georgian children and 840 Chechen refugee children aged one to 15, by 9 April. The Gorge, where an estimated 6,000 refugees from the Russian Republic of Chechnya live with host families, has had a reputation for lawlessness – including kidnapping and gun-running – undermining routine immunization.
UNICEF reports 4 million children vaccinated against polio in Iraq
BAGHDAD, 4 March 2003 - Preliminary results from UNICEF and the Iraqi Ministry of Health revealed today that 98 per cent of 4.2 million children under five were successfully reached in a nationwide polio immunization campaign last week. This result was achieved through the dedication of 14,000 volunteer Iraqi health workers from over 880 health clinics in the country. (News Note)
More Afghan children protected against measles thanks to immunization campaigns
KABUL, 3 August 2003 - Even more of Afghanistan’s children are protected against measles today, thanks to a one-month immunization campaign spearheaded by the Ministry of Health, and supported by UNICEF, WHO and other partners. The campaign, which was held across the country in June 2003, reached more than 5 million children aged nine months to five years.
Angola's measles campaign a standout success
LUANDA 17 May 2003 – With just a few days remaining before the end of Angola’s National Measles Campaign, UNICEF looks set to reach records numbers of children. (News Note)
UNICEF dispatches 10 million measles vaccines across Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, August 17, 2004 – Over the past few days, trucks and planes loaded with measles vaccines, auto disable syringes, communication materials and manuals for mobilisers began leaving the capital and port cities of Antananarivo and Tamatave towards all 111 (health) districts of the country.
Measles campaign kicks off for Sudanese refugees in Chad
N'DJAMENA, CHAD, 4 March 2004 - UNICEF Representative, Mr Cyrille Niameogo, and the Minister of Public Health, Mrs Aziza Baroud, today launched a campaign to vaccinate nearly 90,000 children, many of them refugees from Sudan living in eastern Chad against measles, the biggest vaccine-preventable killer disease in the world. The launch took place in Iriba, a small town located at more than 1000 km of the capital city N’Djamena.
Successful partnerships drive development in Angola
LUANDA-GENEVA 23 June 2003 – Just 15 months after a cease-fire ended three decades of devastating civil war, Angola has taken two significant steps on its long road to recovery. Campaigns in health and education, backed by UNICEF and supported by all levels of Government, are proving vital in restarting the development of social services in Angola. (Press Release)
Côte d' Ivoire measles campaign at 1 million children mark
ABIDJAN/GENEVA, 10 February 2004 - The crisis that split Ivory Coast in two in September 2002 has devastated the health care system in the north and west, and disrupted routine vaccinations throughout the country, leading to higher mortality rates among children from treatable diseases, including measles. In response to this threat to children’s lives, UNICEF and its partners are currently completing the third emergency measles vaccination campaign of the past year for children aged 6 months to 14 years. The number of children vaccinated against measles through UNICEF-supported emergency campaigns in Ivory Coast has now reached one million.
Bombing in Nepal destroys crucial vaccines
KATMANDU, NEPAL, 23 September 2004 - UNICEF notes with grave concern recent reports of the destruction of a health facility in Panchawati VDC in Udayapur, Nepal.
Madagascar launches one of Africa's largest ever measles campaigns
TAMATAVE, MADAGASCAR, 13 September 2004 - At a ceremony this morning, the President of Madagascar, in the presence of his government, international partners, the Diplomatic Corps and thousands of well-wishers, officially launched the largest immunization campaign this country has ever seen.
Angola's biggest-ever health campaign launched
LUANDA 21 April 2003 - Angola today launched the biggest health campaign in the country's history. The National Measles Campaign will inoculate seven million Angolan children against a highly contagious disease the kills more young Angolans than any other preventable ailment. (News Note)
Immunization begins for millions of Darfur children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 7 June 2004 – WHO and UNICEF said today that an ambitious plan to vaccinate millions of children against measles in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region began over the weekend.
Hundreds of media agencies in Madagascar mobilize around measles
ANTANANARIVO, 20 August 2004 – In the weeks preceding the official launch of the measles campaign in Madagascar, which targets 7.5 million children, media and press agencies around the country have gotten together, in workshops organized by the National Measles Steering Committee, with the assistanceof UNICEF, to see what they can do, in addition to giving air time, to spread the word about the campaign.
A mountain of a health effort
GENEVA, September 23 2004: This week Nepal launched one of the largest public health campaigns ever undertaken in the country, with the aim of saving the lives of 2,500 children each year.