A conversation with the Gates Foundation (Measles) on April 27, 2012

Participants

Note: This set of notes gives an overview of the major points made by Violaine Mitchell, Matt Hanson and Jenna Mulhall-Brereton.

Summary

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation participants on this call expressed their belief that measles vaccination is a particularly powerful intervention to decrease child mortality. For about US $1.50, a child can be safely and effectively vaccinated against measles and rubella. Founded in 2001, the Measles and Rubella Initiative — a partnership led by the American Red Cross, United Nations Foundation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization — has provided support to countries in their efforts to reduce measles morbidity and mortality.

The foundation considers the Measles and Rubella Initiative a committed partner and has contributed to this initiative in the past. The foundation would be happy to see Good Ventures/GiveWell participate in this effort.

Global measles vaccines funding

Gates Foundation approach to measles/rubella control