Gavi runs campaign to vaccinate 21M Tanzanian children against measles-rubella

A nationwide immunization campaign supported by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance will run over the next seven days in Tanzania and will offer 21 million children between the ages of nine months to 14 a measles and rubella vaccine.

With worldwide campaigns like the one in Tanzania, there have been decreases in cases over the last decade, but the diseases still have devastating effects. In 2012 measles alone took more than 120,000 lives.

“Children across Tanzania will benefit from protection against these two potentially deadly diseases,” Gavi CEO Dr. Seth Berkley said. “Our aim is to help countries reach more than 600 million boys and girls with the measles-rubella vaccine through Gavi-supported campaigns and routine immunization by 2020, reducing the number of deaths from measles but also the devastating disabilities caused by rubella.”

The campaign has support from the Lions Club International, who is working to raise awareness by educating parents and caregivers and also supporting the health workers.

“We’re raising funds," Lions Club's International Foundation Chairperson Barry Palmer said. "We’re actively supporting campaigns in communities impacted by the diseases. And we’re looking forward to accomplishing more through our partnership with Gavi.” 

Additional support comes from the Serum Institute of India, which agreed in 2013 to donate 22 million measles-rubella vaccines over four years. 5.5 million doses were given to support the Tanzania campaign.

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