Slow Progress In Finalizing Measles And Rubella Elimination In The European Region
Author: Robin Biellik, Iria Davidkin, Susanna Esposito, Andrey Lobanov, Mira Kojouharova, Günter Pfaff, José Ignacio Santos, John Simpson, Myriam Ben Mamou, Robb Butler, Sergei Deshevoi, Shahin Huseynov, Dragan Jankovic, Abigail Shefer
All countries in the World Health Organization European Region committed to eliminating endemic transmission of measles and rubella by 2015, and disease incidence has decreased dramatically. However, there was little progress between 2012 and 2013, and the goal will likely not be achieved on time. Genuine political commitment, increased technical capacity, and greater public awareness are urgently needed, especially in Western Europe.