Measles deaths have decreased dramatically by 74 percent from 535, 300 in 2000 to just over 139,000 in 2010, but alongside that good news is the not so good news. The Measles and Rubella (MR) Initiative set a target to reduce deaths by 95 percent, but the plan to reach each child is short of cash.

“An additional US$ 112 million is needed to achieve the global measles and rubella goals for 2015. We need significant commitments from governments and the private sector if we are going to stop measles and rubella, as well as the support of individuals worldwide, because a small donation from the public can go a long way and help save many lives,” declared Kathy Calvin, Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation.

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) pledged to continue its partnership with the MR Initiative who supports developing countries in controlling and eliminating the diseases. “We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with the MR Initiative, which has done great work to reduce measles and infections and reduce mortality,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, GAVI Chief Executive Officer. He announced, “With GAVI’s US$605 million investment for both the combined MR and second dose vaccines in developing countries, this is a historic moment for the reduction, and hopefully, eventual elimination of both diseases.”

Aside from monetary support from GAVI, the American Red Cross promised to leverage the capacity of its partners in the Red Cross, Red Crescent network, and their volunteer network to combat measles and rubella. “By working closely with these volunteers, trusted neighbors and community members, to literally go door-to-door, explaining the importance of receiving routine immunizations and participating in campaigns, we can continue to fight these deadly diseases,” said David Meltzer, Senior Vice President of the American Red Cross’ International Services.

 
Dr. Maria Luisa Enriquez, Director of the Center for Natural Sciences and Ecological Research of the De La Salle University presents her study on Colorectal cancer during the MMHRDC forum

 

Last May 04, 2012, the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC), in collaboration with the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), in celebration of the Cancer Awareness Month, held its 2nd quarter research forum with the theme “In depth with the BIG C: A Research Forum on Cancer” at the Gusaling Atienza, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

The forum showcased research works of experts from the 25 member-institutions of the Consortium to provide a venue for collaboration among stakeholders to address research gaps on cancer.

Undernutrition is one of the conditions that falls under the category of malnutrition. The latter develops in an individual as a result of insufficient food intake and lack of proper nutrients in the body.

“Measles continues to kill children around the world and rubella is the leading infectious cause of congenital malformations in newborn infants. These are avoidable tragedies,” says Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director in a teleconference with the Measles and Rubella (MR) Initiative experts last April 24, 2012.

“Due to national malaria control efforts, there has been a 53 percent drop in malaria cases in the country for the past 10 years,” said Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique T. Ona.