Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. The disease remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Approximately 134 200 people died from measles in 2015 - mostly children under the age of 5. Accelerated immunization activities have had a major impact on reducing measles deaths.
UN-vaccinated young children are at highest risk of measles and its complications, including death. UN-vaccinated pregnant women are also at risk. Any non-immune person (who has not been vaccinated or was vaccinated but did not develop immunity) can become infected and eventually die. over 3 Million children and Pregnant women required urgent routine vaccinations and ANC care.
Accelerated immunization activities have had a major impact on reducing measles deaths. During 2000-2015, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 20.3 million deaths. Global measles deaths have decreased by 79% from an estimated 651 600 in 2000* to 134 200 in 2015. Due to the decades of anarchy and lack of centralized government in Somalia, health infrastructure and primary health care services has never been actualized if any it has been limited. This project will reach over 4000 Children.
Over 2 Million Children will thrive and achieve their full physical and mental development. The project will reverse looming crisis and help prevent death and long term physical impairment among the young children. Measles and lack of Vitamin supplementation are the major causes of eye problems. Routine measles vaccination for children, combined with mass immunization campaigns in countries with high case and death rates, are key public health strategies to reduce global measles deaths.