Measles is one of the most contagious and severe childhood diseases. Every day, it takes the lives of hundreds of children around the world.
Even if a child survives, measles can cause permanent disabilities, such as blindness or brain damage. The risk is great in developing countries where there is a prevalence of malnourishment and limited access to health care.
But there is hope. Since 2001, the American Red Cross and our partners in the Measles & Rubella Initiative have vaccinated children in places such as Kenya, Benin and Ethiopia to protect them from these deadly diseases. It costs about $2 to vaccinate a child against measles and rubella, making it one of the most cost-effective health interventions available.