Towards the Elimination of Measles in the African Region by 2020
AbstractReduction in measles mortality contributes significantly towards attaining the MillenniumDevelopment Goal 4 (MDG 4) which aims to reduce overall under-five childhood deaths by twothirdsby 2015 compared with the 1990 level. Routine measles immunization coverage is a keyindicator for measuring progress towards attainment of this goal.2. Implementation of measles mortality reduction strategies in the African Region has led to majorachievements, notably a remarkable reduction of estimated measles deaths by 89% between 2000 and2007. Despite the progress made, renewed commitment by Member States is required to attain thepre-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 MemberStates to attain and sustain a high level of routine immunization and SIA coverage, using provenmeasles mortality reduction strategies.
Regional Committee for Africa, 59. (2011). Towards the Elimination of Measles in the African Region by 2020. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1783