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Health Campaign to Protect Indonesian Children Successfully Completed
Date:10/19/2007

nization was strengthened. External monitors present during the vaccination campaigns revealed that the safety and quality of immunization practices have improved over the multi-phased campaign. Considerable efforts are underway to strengthen measles surveillance with other vaccine-preventable diseases to monitor the impact of the multi-phased campaign.

The Measles Initiative is a partnership committed to reducing measles deaths globally. Launched in 2001, the Measles Initiative --- led by the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the World Health Organization --- provides technical and financial support to governments and communities on vaccination campaigns in all regions of the world. To date, the Initiative has supported the vaccination of more than 372 million children helping to reduce measles deaths by more than 60 percent globally (compared to 1999). To learn more or make a donation, visit http://www.measlesinitiative.org.

Other key players in the fight against measles include: the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Global Payments, Inc., International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Japanese Agency for Development Cooperation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Becton, Dickinson and Company, the Izumi Foundation, the Vodafone Group Foundation, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ExxonMobil, and countries and governments affected by measles.

Media Contacts:

Hayatee Hasan, WHO, Geneva; Tel.: +41 22 791 2103; Email: hasanh@who.int

Jessica Malter, UNICEF, New York; Tel.: +1 212 326 7412; Email: jmalter@unicef.org

Michael Oko, American Red Cross, Washington DC; Tel.:+ 1 202 303 6820; Email: okom@usa.redcross.org

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