Towards the elimination of measles in the African Region by 2020: Report of the Regional Director
Abstract1. Reduction in measles mortality contributes significantly towards attaining the Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG 4) which aims to reduce overall under-five childhood deaths by twothirds by 2015 compared with the 1990 level. Routine measles immunization coverage is a key indicator for measuring progress towards attainment of this goal. 2. Implementation of measles mortality reduction strategies in the African Region has led to major achievements, notably a remarkable reduction of estimated measles deaths by 89% between 2000 and 2007. Despite the progress made, renewed commitment by Member States is required to attain the pre-elimination targets and subsequently reach the ultimate goal of measles elimination by 2020. 3. Major gaps in the mobilization of resources have had a negative impact on the ability of Member States to attain and sustain a high level of routine immunization and SIA coverage, using proven measles mortality reduction strategies. 4. Member States are requested to strengthen their immunization systems through ensuring that quality immunization services reach the hard-to-reach populations in addition to scaling up implementation of proven approaches and strategies such as the Reaching-Every-District (RED) approach. Furthermore, countries are being requested to adopt a stepwise approach towards achieving the measles elimination goal by 2020, beginning with the attainment by 2012 of the proposed preelimination targets. 5. The Regional Committee is invited to examine and adopt the actions proposed for achieving measles elimination by 2020.
Regional Committee for Africa, 59. (2011). Towards the elimination of measles in the African Region by 2020: Report of the Regional Director. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1663