Red Cross Measles Initiative

Each year, measles, a disease that all Americans are protected against, annihilates one million children across the world. One-half of the children who die from this preventable disease live in Africa.So far, 60% of measles deaths in Africa have been prevented through the Measles Initiative. With your help this year, we can make an even greater impact!

The donation of just one dollar prevents a child from suffering from complications of this devastating disease. Think how many lives you could affect with your efforts!

Students, community groups, and organizations are invited to hold an event in honor of Central Maryland’s Measles Eradication Week, March 12-18, 2006. You may choose to plan something simple such as setting up a table and asking for donations, or you may want to make a big impact by holding a week-long awareness campaign. Either way—all of your efforts will make a difference to these children!


If you would like more details about the disease of measles and how you can help eradicate the problem, (email [email protected]) to attend one of our information sessions:

February 22nd from 5:30-6:30pm
February 27th from 4:00-5:00pm

Please download our Measles Service-Learning Packet to learn more about ways you can help. You may also visit to read the latest information and see what other groups have done across the country to help. Members of our youth committee will present more information about the Measles Initiative project and its successes so far. They will also provide specific ways schools, businesses, and community organizations can host an event during Measles Eradication Week (March 12-18, 2006).

Questions? We have resources to help you plan your event! Please share your ideas for planning the project with us. Email [email protected], or call 410-624-2024.