Washington, DC (PRWEB)
March 20, 2017
For the third consecutive year, Astellas USA Foundation will continue to help support the delivery of measles vaccines to children in Latin America. To date, funding provided by the Astellas USA Foundation to the Shot@Life campaign of the United Nations Foundation has been used to help immunize more than 200,000 children in Latin America against measles as well as provide disease monitoring and surveillance that are essential to ensure that hardest to reach and most vulnerable children are vaccinated.
Measles, a highly contagious disease caused by a virus, kills nearly 135,000 children each year—that is more than 360 deaths every day. Children under the age of five living in poverty are especially susceptible to death and disability as a result of contracting the disease. However, coordinated worldwide vaccination efforts have made significant progress resulting in a 79% drop in measles deaths.
“Supporting access to health care and well-being is one of Astellas USA Foundation’s core areas of focus. We are committed to working toward enriching the quality of life by promoting good health,” said Moyra Knight, president of Astellas USA Foundation. “As we enter into the third year of supporting the Shot@Life campaign, we look forward to helping our society’s most vulnerable access the care they deserve to grow up healthy.”
In 2016, Latin America and the Caribbean became the first region in the world to have eliminated measles. This historic milestone represents decades of commitment from health workers, volunteers, and generous donors to ensure children across the region have access to life-saving vaccines. While the elimination has been an outstanding accomplishment, it is critical for the Region of the Americas to continue to reach all…