KABUL, Afghanistan-While hard to believe, there is a killer in Afghanistan more elusive than the greatly hunted Osama bin Laden. The virus responsible for causing measles is a cunning killer in a country where vaccinations are a luxury.
Officials at the UN Children's Fund and the Worth Health Organization (WHO) are working to change the fact that Afghanistan's measles mortality rate is the third-highest globally. With an $8 million dollar campaign, healthcare workers are seeing children between the ages of 6 months and 12 years in Kabul, giving vaccinations against the deadly virus. From the warn-torn capital, the aid workers will spread across the country, immunizing children in rural areas.
Measles is reportedly the leading cause of death in unvaccinated children globally.