Measles Rubella 2016 Annual Report2016 was a year of victory and challenge in the global fight against measles and rubella.

From 2000 through the end of 2015, measles vaccines saved an estimated 20.3 million lives. All six WHO regions – including all 194 WHO Member States – have committed to eliminating measles. In September 2016, the Americas became the first region to be declared free of endemic measles. This, along with its declaration of rubella elimination in 2015, makes the Americas the first region to be free of endemic measles and rubella.

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