SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is seeing success from its partnership with several organizations — including UNICEF and the American Red Cross — to help eradicate measles in Africa.
UNICEF recently announced that the combined efforts of several organizations have led to a 60 percent drop in deaths since 1999. UNICEF representative Edward Hoekstra told National Public Radio that this percentage translates into 1,000 children a day who do not die from measles.
The Church became involved in the measles campaign in 2003. It has since included the program as one of the Church’s major humanitarian initiatives, along with clean water projects, wheelchair distribution, neonatal resuscitation training and vision treatment training.