Founding Partners


American Red Cross

The American Red Cross helps vulnerable people and communities around the world prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, humanitarian crises, and health emergencies. The American Red Cross accomplishes this by mobilizing the power of the world’s largest humanitarian network comprised of 192 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and more than 14 million volunteers.

The American Red Cross coordinates the global partnership with the United Nations Foundation and provides substantial funding, advocacy and technical support. The American Red Cross also works with its sister Red Cross and Red Crescent societies to educate and mobilize parents to vaccinate their children during immunization campaigns and through routine immunization.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman, under the direction of Co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and the board of trustees.


Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped to immunise a whole generation – over 981 million children – and prevented more than 16.2 million future deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 lower-income countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting resilient health systems, leading global procurement and delivery at scale for COVAX, the global initiative for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, and funding global stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningococcal and yellow fever vaccines, along with operational costs of outbreak response campaigns in lower-income countries. This includes measles outbreak response through funding of the MR&I Outbreak Response Fund.

After two decades of progress, Gavi is now focused on protecting the next generation, above all the zero-dose children who have not received even a single vaccine shot. The Vaccine Alliance employs innovative finance and the latest technology – from drones to biometrics – to save millions more lives, prevent outbreaks before they can spread and help countries on the road to self-sufficiency. Learn more at  and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. View the full list of donor governments and other leading organisations that fund Gavi’s work here.


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

For more than 60 years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. The CDC, a branch of the U.S. government, is committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people.

In support of the Measles & Rubella Partnership, the CDC provides technical assistance for epidemiological and laboratory surveillance. In addition, the CDC provides funds for bundled measles vaccines, safe immunization practices, and operational support.


United Nations Foundation (UNF)

The UN Foundation is an independent charitable organization created to work closely with the United Nations to address humanity’s greatest challenges, build initiatives across sectors to solve problems at scale, and drive global progress. The UN Foundation mobilizes resources and expertise and conducts advocacy and public outreach to improve health for everyone, including through the Shot@Life grassroots advocacy campaign championing global childhood immunization. The UN Foundation channels funding to M&RP activities. Under an agreement with the United Nations, the UN Foundation coordinates donor proposals, provides matching funds for other donor funds, and disburses and accounts for these funds through the UN financial system.


United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Vaccines now protect more children than ever before, but nearly one in five infants misses out on the basic vaccines they need to stay alive and healthy. UNICEF works with governments, civil society, other UN agencies, the private sector and communities themselves to provide immunization to the children who need it the most in over 140 countries. UNICEF also works with partners to re-establish the delivery of faster, more effective and at-scale life-saving interventions and services disrupted by conflict and other emergencies.

With an aim to help realize children’s right to survival and good health, UNICEF and its partners engage communities to create vaccine demand, procure and distribute vaccines and ensures vaccine safety through cold chain logistics. Immunization is a key priority for UNICEF as low immunization levels among poor and marginalized children compromise gains made in all other areas of maternal and child health. Therefore, UNICEF tailor new approaches to vaccinate every child in every community – no matter how remote or challenging. Working with private and public partners, UNICEF also steers investment toward new vaccines, diagnostic and health technologies.

As one of the founding members of the Measles & Rubella Partnership, UNICEF’s strength lies at the country level where it has a strong infrastructure and links to ministries of health at national and subnational levels. Specifically, UNICEF provides technical, financial, logistical, communication and demand creation support to countries around the world to help achieve a measles- and rubella-free world. UNICEF does this by providing on-the-ground support to develop and implement immunization systems and strategies and in taking concrete actions required to strengthen health systems and create demand for health services and healthy behaviours, so that every woman and every child can demand, access and utilize quality health services.


World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. The organization is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

WHO has a leading role in strategy development, consensus building and program monitoring for the IA2030 Measles & Rubella Partnership. WHO provides technical leadership and strategic planning for the management and coordination of global measles and rubella elimination activities. The organization is also responsible for ensuring that all components of the Measles & Rubella Strategic Framework 2021-2030 are technically sound and successfully implemented.

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