“I’ve witnessed a child with measles. I do not want this for my son. This vaccination is very important.”
Pascaline Rasoanjanahary,who heard of the vaccination campaign in her country of Madagascar through radio announcements created by Lions. She brought her nine-month-old son Patrick to be vaccinated.
“I visited a missionary hospital where they had a measles ward full of kids who had gotten the disease because they had missed the vaccination. The doctors were unable to do too much for them because there is no specific cure for measles once you get the virus,” he said. “The case fatality rate was very high in spite of their efforts. The only way to get rid of the problem was to get rid of the virus transmission. And that requires very high levels of vaccination coverage—not only for the kids who are currently at-risk, but also for the kids who are born after this year's campaign and who will become at-risk a few weeks after their birth.”
- Bob Davis, now a measles delegate to the Red Cross, first fully understood the dangers of the disease when he traveled to Africa in 1979.
“Because of the Lions advocacy program, we’re able to mobilize people from the grassroots to the highest level of the government.”
- Past District Governor Tebebe Berhan of Ethiopia
“It has to be the grassroots level. We have to go to the nooks and crannies of the country to get the villagers educated and mobilized for this program.”
- Past International Director H.O.B. Lawal of Nigeria
“Lions' role is raising awareness and attracting as many parents as possible to bring their children for the vaccination. It is very, very important.”
- Lion Jose Bronfman of Madagascar
“The Gates Foundation is very proud to have been a partner in your early measles projects, and we’re excited to continue working together. … If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. With Lions in the lead, there is no telling how far we will go together.”
- William H. Gates, Sr., Co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“The Measles Initiative is very important for LCIF. We can do so much more with worldwide partnerships as we take their expertise and ours to have a greater impact. Now we’re joining forces with other agencies that recognize measles as a major contributor to loss of sight and loss of life. This grant from the Gates Foundation is motivating us to do even more.”
- Sid L. Scruggs III, LCIF Chairperson
“When the history of measles elimination from the world is written–when it’s possible to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson’s quote that ‘the world will know by history only that this disease has existed’–it will describe a global effort of continuous quality improvement in vaccine programs.… It will marvel at the speed at which the program improved. But it will marvel even more at the speed at which the measles virus disappeared.”
- Dr. William Foege, a global public health expert who worked in rural Nigeria in the 1960s, and can remember when measles was “the single most lethal agent in the world"
"This is very necessary work. Health and social services are neglected areas in my country and we are happy to have your help."
- Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal, where the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative began in February 2012
"Lions provide operational support. The government cannot do it alone. We are moving toward elimination [of measles] by 2016. All country providers have been instructed to work closely with Lions. I ask Lions to be involved in all vaccinations."
- Dr. Shyam Raj Upreti of the Child Health Division of the Ministry of Health, Nepal
"Thanks for your long-standing blindness prevention efforts. Measles and rubella play a role in blindness too. WHO will continue to be a partner in this effort. Thank you for your generous contributions to make this possible."
- Dr. W. William Schluter of the World Health Organization, Program for Immunization of Preventable Diseases, County Office in Nepal