Conference on measles and rubella in Europe – a process of elimination

20 September 2016, London, United Kingdom

What are the next steps in the fight against measles and rubella in Europe?

All Member States of the European Region have a longstanding commitment to eliminate measles and rubella. Although outbreaks continue to occur, progress has been made, with 34 of 53 countries having interrupted transmission of either or both diseases by 2014.

At this critical juncture, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in conjunction with WHO/Europe will host a 1-day public event to:

  • make key audiences aware of how far we have come and what remains to be done;
  • examine how some countries have overcome barriers to elimination so that others may learn from these strategies; and
  • review recent advances in the understanding of measles elimination, attitudes towards vaccination and accurate measurement of vaccine safety.

Experts in disease control, health policy, epidemiology, behavioural science and the media will share their experiences and discuss the way forward during a full day of presentations and panel discussions. Based on these discussions, key messages to policy-makers will be developed to encourage prioritization of immunization in countries currently lagging behind.

The event will be livestreamed and viewers are encouraged to submit questions. More information is available through the LSHTM website.