Measles is a near incurable viral respiratory infection that weakens the body’s immune system to a point where secondary infections and complications can leave the infected individual in critical, or even fatal, condition. The virus is highly contagious and the U.S. National Library of Medicine warns;
The infection is spread by contact with droplets from the nose, mouth, or throat of an infected person. Sneezing and coughing can put contaminated droplets into the air.
Thankfully a vaccination has been developed that grants near full immunity to the scourge. However the entire world does not have the same resources as we do and measles still runs rampant in parts of world.
We here at the American Red Cross measles and in 2001 with the help of United Nations Foundation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and World Health Organization formed one of the world’s most successful partnerships in global health, the Measles and Rubella Initiative. The Initiative has made great strides to vaccinate more than one billion children in about 80 developing countries but the work is never over.
With your help we can battle this scourge and plan to support vaccination campaigns in Afghanistan, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
We cannot do this without your help. A donation of $1 can vaccinate one child and grant him immunity for life. For more information about how the American Red Cross helps fight Malaria click here. For more information about the Initiative click here.
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