BENEFITING: American Red Cross
Help the Measles and Rubella Initiative reduce the number of deaths from measles and rubella infections to 0 by 2020. Measles is one of the most contagious diseases known to man and caused the death of 115 000 children in 2014. Even if a child survives the disease they can be left with severe and permanent disabilities, such as blindness, deafness or braindamage. Rubella is generally a mellow disease but has a severe effect on pregnant women. If infected during the first trimester there is a high risk that their child will be born with CRS (Congenital rubella syndrome), which of results in multiple birth defects, such as heart problems, deafness and blindness. Over 100 000 children are born with CRS every year. Children in developing nations are most at risk for these diseases. Fortunately vaccines for measles and rubella are very cheap, for about 2$ a child can get vaccinated against both measles and rubella, meaning 10 000$ has the potential to save the lives of 5 000 children.