American Red Cross and partner organizations have taken on the fight through the Measles Initiative. Robin recently blogged on the incredible efforts taking place, but I had to share some of the latest (and local) news!
December is a big month for eliminating this deadly disease. In the earlier post, Robin mentioned a reduction in measles deaths around the world - from an estimated 733,000 in 2000 to 164,000 in 2008. That's a 78% drop in mortality in under a decade!
Other December news includes winners of a nationwide awareness campaign - the Measles Initiative Art Contest! Above is the winning entry of the elementary school category, from Garret Studer in Cincinnati, Ohio.
On a local level, Red Cross Club members at Benson Polytechnic High School decided to host a fundraiser on the day after Thanksgiving, or "Black Friday." This is often described as the busiest shopping day of the year. By selling measles pins at only $1 each (the price of one vaccination) club members came away with more than $150 in donations!
With such inspiring results, continuing the momentum is even more critical. Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the American Red Cross states, “If we drop our guard, this disease will regain a foothold and spread like wildfire once again. We must stay vigilant.”
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