Ed Note: Last week, The Lancet published an editorial and two studies about the current state of global health initiatives for the developing world. The following is a response to The Lancet from Andrea Gay, Exeucitve Director of Children's Health at the United Nations Foundation and Dr. Dan Carucci, Vice President for Global Health at the United Nations Foundation.
While two studies in the Lancet medical journal on Friday, June 19, raised awareness about the importance of strengthening health systems worldwide and working with the United Nations to improve global health, it was shocking to see that the researchers failed to recognize the significance of the Measles Initiative, a model public private partnership that has produced real results.
Since 2001, the Measles Initiative has supported the vaccination of more than 600 million children in more than 60 countries. Between 2000 and 2007, the number of children dying from measles has decreased by 74% worldwide and nearly 90% in sub-Saharan Africa alone.