India wins Measles and Rubella Champion Award!

India wins 'Measles and Rubella Champion' award for outstanding efforts in measles and rubella prevention

In recognition of India's tireless efforts to fight Measles and Rubella, india was conferred with the prestigious Measles and Rubella champion Award at the American red Cross Headquarters in washington dc, USA.

Sripriya Ranganathan, Vice-Chancellor of the Embassy of india in washington dc received the award on behalf of the Ministry of health and Family Welfare, government of India.

The Measles and Rubella Partnership includes a multi-agency planning group including the American red Cross, UNICEF, and the World health Organization. All of these are dedicated to reducing global measles deaths and preventing rubella.

This accolade celebrates India's unwavering commitment to public health and its outstanding leadership in preventing the spread of these infectious diseases among children. Under the country's Universal Immunization Programme, india has been recognized for strengthening routine immunization and providing regional leadership for the Measles and Rubella Eradication Programme. Despite various challenges, india has demonstrated significant progress in reducing measles and rubella cases and preventing disease outbreaks through continuous comprehensive interventions.

The government of India's proactive MR vaccination campaign in high-risk areas and innovative strategies to reach underserved populations, strong surveillance systems and effective public awareness efforts play an important role in protecting the health and well-being of its population.

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The award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the country's leading health workers, health professionals, policy makers and communities across the country. As a result of these efforts, 50 districts are consistently measles-free. 226 districts reported no cases of rubella in the last 12 months.

It is noteworthy that since 2017, as part of India's Universal Immunization Program, the central government has been taking steps to completely eliminate measles and rubella from the country.

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