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J Infect Dis. 2011 Jul;204 Suppl 1:S396-402. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jir085.

South-East Asia Regional update on measles mortality reduction and elimination, 2003-2008.

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  • 1Immunization and Vaccine Development, World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi, India.


In 2005, the World Health Assembly endorsed a global goal of 90% reduction in measles mortality from 2000 to 2010. Substantial progress has been made toward achieving this goal in countries of the South-East Asia Region (SEAR). More than 120 million children received a second dose of measles-containing vaccine during supplemental immunization activities conducted from 2000 to 2008; routine first-dose measles-containing vaccine coverage increased from 63% in 2000 to 75% by 2008; and measles surveillance is supported in all countries by the Measles-Rubella Laboratory Network. Overall, the estimated number of measles deaths decreased by 46% from 2000 to 2008, and all countries with the exception of India have already achieved the 90% mortality reduction target. Sustained political and financial commitment from SEAR countries is needed to achieve regional measles mortality reduction and elimination.

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