Join us in the fight against measles and rubella and help to ensure that more children can be vaccinated worldwide. A staggering 400 people die each day from measles - that’s 16 deaths every hour. Most measles deaths occur in unvaccinated children under the age of five. For around just 80p or US$1 (current exchange rate), a child can be vaccinated against measles for life. A £5 donation will help 6 children, so every pound makes a significant difference to a child.
Measles is one of the most contagious yet easily prevented diseases in the world, but it is still a deadly threat to people in areas that lack access to vaccinations. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates more than 145,000 deaths a year still occur due to measles. Measles can cause severe complications, including brain damage, hearing loss and blindness.
Ending measles can be a reality, but your help is urgently needed. Lions have engaged in a long-term partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, committing US$30 million towards the fight against measles by the Lions Clubs International Foundation’s 100th anniversary in 2017.
Through the partnership with Gavi, Lions will continue to provide financial support to deliver needed vaccinations, social mobilization and advocacy efforts in the fight against measles and rubella. When you donate to the Lions Measles Initiative, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by the Gavi Matching Fund, which is financially supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
This matching program doubles the impact of your gift and brings the total Lions aim to raise to US$60 million! Through our joint efforts with Gavi and other partners, we will increase access to quality immunization services at every level – globally, nationally and locally – to benefit children around the world.