Measles Control in Sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa as a Case Study

Authors: Stéphane Verguet, Waasila Jassat, Calle Hedberg, Stephen Tollman, Dean Jamison, Karen J. Hofman

Background: Due to intensified measles immunization efforts, measles mortality has decreased substantially worldwide, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated a 92% decrease in measles-related deaths in the WHO AFRO region for the period 2000–2008. Recently, the AFRO region established a measles pre-elimination goal and experts have suggested engaging in a measles eradication campaign at the global level. However, recent large-scale outbreaks in many Sub-Saharan African countries present a challenge to measles control efforts. This paper examines measles immunization and the impact of measles supplemental immunization activities (SIAs) on routine immunization coverage in South Africa (SA). More




Verguet S, Jassat W, Hedberg C, Tollman S, Jamison DT, Hofman KJ. 2012. Vaccine. 30:9. 1594-1600.