Measles deaths drop but challenges remain says UN health agency

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Measles vaccination

The number of people dying from measles has dropped over the past decade but challenges still remain in the efforts to eradicate the disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO reports a 71 per cent drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2011, while cases fell by nearly 60 per cent during the same period.

However, the agency estimates that 20 million children did not get their first dose of measles vaccine in 2011.

It says that in order to eradicate measles by 2015, children need to receive two doses of the vaccine.

WHO's Dr Robert Perry tells UN Radio's Mamadou Alpha Diallo in Geneva about this mixed report on the efforts against measles.

Duration: 4'59'

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