Measles and rubella

Measles is a highly infectious vaccine-preventable disease, and globally still one of the leading causes of childhood mortality. Rubella is an infection that is usually mild when experienced in childhood, but it can often lead to serious and sometimes fatal complications in the foetus when an unprotected woman acquires the infection early in pregnancy (congenital rubella infection) or to congenital rubella syndrome in newborns.

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Russian Federation supports measles and rubella elimination

The government of the Russian Federation has allocated 329.5 million roubles (approximately 9.5 million US dollars) for 2014 and 2015 to support the World Health Organization’s efforts to eliminate measles and rubella in the European Region.

Call for applications

WHO/Europe is accepting applications from external consultants interested in providing technical assistance to countries with a focus on measles and rubella elimination

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Call for nominations

WHO/Europe is accepting nominations for two new members of the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC)

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European Immunization Week

Each year in April, EIW promotes the core message that the immunization of every child is vital to prevent diseases and protect life. The goal of the region-wide campaign is to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunization.

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