But it’s still a significant cause of death in many other countries. The good news is, the Red Cross is helping to kick measles to the curb with the Measles Initiative. Take a look at the official stats we just got on the project. This is what I call progress!
3.6 million lives have been saved largely through the ongoing work of the Measles Initiative. Annual measles deaths fell worldwide by 74% between 2000 and 2007, from an estimated 750,000 deaths to 197,000. In addition, the Eastern Mediterranean region,* which includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and the Sudan, cut measles deaths by a remarkable 90% — from an estimated 96,000 to 10,000 — during the same period, thus achieving the United Nations goal to reduce measles deaths by 90% by 2010, three years early.