WHO calls for renewed commitment, funding for measles control (2)

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The expert predicated that the combined effect of decreased financial and political commitment could result in a return to over 500,000 measles deaths a year by 2012, wiping out gains made over the past 18 years.

Strebel said health ministers and officials attending the WHO's annual assembly on Thursday endorsed a series of interim targets for the eventual global eradication of measles.

The targets include achieving at least 90 percent measles vaccination coverage nationally and reducing measles mortality by 95 percent compared to 2000 levels by the year of 2015.

He said the targets are achievable, but to reach them while maintaining the tremendous gains that have already been achieved, countries need to overcome a variety of barriers.

Those barriers, he said, range from weak immunization and disease surveillance systems, difficulties in vaccinating hard-to-reach populations, to a lack of political and financial commitment.

The expert also called on countries to carry out nationwide preventive vaccination campaigns every two to four years, and urged donors to increase their investment in reducing global measles mortality.

Source: Xinhua
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