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A young woman receives immunisation against measles and rubella during an immunisation campaign in Laos, November 2011. The rubella virus can lead to miscarriage, still births, or birth defects when passed from mother to child during pregnancy. An estimated 90,000 birth defects, known collectively as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), happen every year in the world’s poorest countries.

CREDIT: The Measles Initiative/C. McNab/2011

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22 million

Since 2007, countries have immunised 22 million children with a 2nd dose of measles vaccine with Gavi support. Gavi-funded measles campaigns have helped vaccinate another 67 million children in countries considered at high risk of measles outbreaks.

WHO/UNICEF 2015

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