LDS Church and the Measles Initiative
Posted by chads on November 2, 2006
This is the first of a number of articles exploring Mormonism and Global Health.
In 2003, the LDS Chruch donated 3 million dollars to the Red Cross to support the Measles Initiative . According to the initiative’s website, it “is a long-term commitment and partnership among leaders in public health and supports the goal of reducing measles deaths globally by 90% by 2010 compared to 2000 estimates. Measles Initiative partners include the American Red Cross, UN Foundation, CDC, World Health Organization, and UNICEF.” Evidently the Church is the primary supporter of the initiative. The Church has also called missionaries to serve in Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Benin and Tanzania, where they serve social mobilization roles. In the coming days, I will post a Global Health Topics article on measles, followed by a Q&A post answering the question “how effective are measles vaccination campaigns”? I will also have an invited blogger couple who will share their experiences as Mormon missionaries working with the Measles Initiative.