The Ministries of Health have the lead responsibility within each country to care for and protect their residents’ health. Governments can tap the expertise and strategic capacity of leading health and humanitarian organizations through the Measles & Rubella Initiative.
With the technical and financial support of the Measles & Rubella Initiative, the Ministry of Health develops and conducts a comprehensive plan of action to control the spread of measles and rubella and reduce deaths.
To sustain the results and to increase country ownership of the program, the Measles & Rubella Initiative requires each Ministry of Health to contribute financially to all campaigns.
Since 2001, the Measles & Rubella Initiative has partnered with more than 80 countries to conduct mass vaccination campaigns, strengthen immunization systems and establish disease surveillance.
In addition to the governments and communities affected by measles, key partners in the fight against measles include:
- Herman and Katherine Peters Foundation
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
- Lions Club International Foundation
- Merck Co. Foundation
- Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- The American Pediatric Association
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- The GAVI Alliance
- The International Pediatric Association
- The Izumi Foundation
- The Japanese Agency for Development Cooperation
- The Monte dei Paschi Foundation
- The ONE Campaign
- The Sabin Vaccine Institute
- The Task Force for Global Health
- The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID)
- Vodafone Group Foundation