Political will needed to protect all children from measles

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A child receives the measles vaccine in the Kibati II camp, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: WHO/Christopher Black

Although mass measles vaccination campaigns have saved more than 20 million child lives over the past 15 years, the illness still kills nearly 400 children each day.

For this reason, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and its partners have launched a report calling for stronger political commitment towards reaching every child.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease but it can be prevented with two doses of what the agency has described as "a safe and effective vaccine."

UNICEF Senior Health Advisor Dr Richard Kezaala spoke to Rosemary Musumba about the challenges of making measles history.

Duration: 4'42"

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