Haiti begins major measles, mumps vaccination campaign

Health officials in Haiti hope to vaccinate 95 percent of children under the age of 10 against measles and mumps in the coming weeks.

Currently, fewer than 60 percent of Haitian children are vaccinated against the illnesses, making them vulnerable to the diseases that can spread quickly in densely populated areas. The current campaign hopes to ensure that three million kids will be protected, according to

Public health organizations, private charities and the LDS Church partnered with the Haitian government to fund the effort. Volunteers recently began to spread throughout Port au Prince, attempting to reach every parent in the country.

"What a Haitian mother feels about her baby is exactly the same as what an American or European mother feels about her baby," Raul Gonzalez, from the Pan American Health Organization, said, reports.

Parents also began to line up at dispensing stations to make sure their children received the vaccination.

"I've never been involved in anything as powerful as vaccines because you know for sure that the results of what you're doing, the results of your efforts achieve the highest goal, which is the protection of human life," Dagfinn Høybråten, the chair of the GAVI Alliance, said, reports.