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05 Mar 2019 description

Budapest, 5 March 2019 – Ukrainian Red Cross Society volunteers are being deployed to help contain a measles outbreak that has affected more than 75,000 people, making it the largest outbreak in Europe since 2015. This includes 54,000 measles cases reported in 2018, and more than 21,000 cases registered thus far in 2019.

04 Mar 2019 description
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En Ucrania, Filipinas y Brasil se registraron los mayores aumentos de casos de sarampión entre 2017 y 2018. Solamente en Ucrania se registraron 35.120 casos de sarampión en 2018. Según el gobierno, otras 24.042 personas contrajeron la infección solamente en los dos primeros meses de 2019. En Filipinas, en lo que va de año, se han registrado 12.736 casos de sarampión y 203 muertes777, en comparación con los 15.599 casos que se produjeron durante todo el año en 2018.

02 Mar 2019 description
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En 2018, les trois quarts de l’augmentation totale des cas de rougeole concernaient dix pays, avec notamment des épidémies importantes au Brésil, à Madagascar, aux Philippines, en Ukraine et au Yémen.

NEW YORK, le 1er mars 2019 – Le nombre de cas de rougeole dans le monde atteint des niveaux préoccupants, en particulier dans dix pays qui représentent plus de 74 % de l’augmentation totale et dans plusieurs autres où l’on considérait jusqu’ici que la maladie avait disparu, avertit l’UNICEF aujourd’hui.

01 Mar 2019 description
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Ten countries accounted for approximately three-quarters of the total increase in measles in 2018, including significant outbreaks in Brazil, Madagascar, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Yemen

NEW YORK, 1 March 2019 – UNICEF warned today that global cases of measles are surging to alarmingly high levels, led by ten countries accounting for more than 74 per cent of the total increase, and several others that had previously been declared measles free.

Countries with ten highest increases in cases between 2017 & 2018[1]

29 Jan 2019 description
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Total people in need: 3 million

Total children (<18) in need: 500,000

Total people to be reached: 1,625,659

Total children to be reached: 234,000

2019 programme targets


2,000 pregnant and lactating women reached with infant and young child feeding counselling


03 Oct 2018 description

Two ceasefires brokered for the harvest season (1 July) and ahead of the school year (29 August) appear to have had a positive impact on the conduct of hostilities in eastern Ukraine. This is indicated through 55 per cent decline in civilian casualties from 16 in July to 8 in August – one of the lowest total in 2018. However, in August, there was a 20 per cent increase in hostilities, compared to July, with critical civilian infrastructure, particularly water and sanitation facilities coming under fire on four occasions.

04 May 2018 description


Over 12 000 people have been infected with measles in Ukraine so far this year. Of those affected, 9158 have required hospitalization and 9 have died, according to information provided by national health authorities as of 27 April 2018. Large-scale outbreak response measures have been undertaken since the start of the outbreak in 2017 to curb further spread of the disease and restore high routine immunization coverage.

24 Apr 2018 description
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Kyiv, 20 April, 2018 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on request of the Ministry of Health has airlifted a new batch of vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). This is the second delivery of vaccine, which arrived to Ukraine this year to be distributed to the regions to cover the acute needs.

Vaccination coverage in Ukraine has significantly increased in comparison with previous years. Over the last year, more than 90% of children have received their routine vaccination. However, it is not enough to stop the current measles outbreak.

05 Mar 2018 description

“Access to quality care and medications is limited. Women, children, adolescents – representing over 60% of the affected people – and the elderly are disproportionately affected by a severe reduction in health services, care and support.”

01 Mar 2018 description
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KYIV, 27 February 2018 - At the request of Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, the United Nations Children’s’ Fund (UNICEF) has facilitated a fast-track delivery of vaccines to respond to the current measles outbreak in the country. A total of 220,000 doses of vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), procured using the state budgetary resources, have arrived in the country and will be despatched to the regions.

27 Feb 2018 description
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January was marked by brief flare ups of hostilities and sporadic localized fighting particularly towards the end of the month. Damage to critical infrastructure, including gas pipelines and powerlines, meant that water supply for 4.2 million people in Donetska and Luhanska oblasts was constantly at risk of failure. Weather conditions deteriorated rapidly with heavy snowfall and temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees.

06 Feb 2018 description
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KYIV, 6 February 2018 - A new shipment of 220,000 doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccines will arrive to Ukraine in late February 2018. The vaccines produced by GlaxoSmithKline (Belgium) will be delivered by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine and further distributed to the regions.

19 Jan 2018 description

Ukraine's top health official says eight people have died of complications from measles amid a recent outbreak in the country, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked last in terms of measles-vaccination coverage in Europe.

Acting Health Minister Ulyana Suprun told lawmakers on January 19 that a child who had not been vaccinated against measles died the previous day.

17 Jan 2018 description

Measles continues to spread in Ukraine, with new cases now being reported in all oblasts and Kyiv. These cases are the latest in an expanding outbreak that affected over 3 000 people and claimed the lives of 5 children and adults in 2017.