Monday, May 1, 2006
"LO MANTHANG, Nepal — As dusk descended on this medieval walled city and its dirt lanes filled with horses cantering home from the mountains, the piercing voice of a woman could be heard over the pounding hooves. "Come for the measles vaccination tomorrow!" Deki Gurung shouted to a neighbor."I know, I know, I got the invitation," the neighbor replied with a roll of her eyes as she peered over her balcony.
Across the impoverished kingdom of Nepal, 50,000 mothers like Mrs. Gurung, most of them illiterate, are foot soldiers in one of the great unfolding public health triumphs of modern times: the global push to slash the number of children who die from complications of measles. Nepal's first national measles vaccination campaign last year cut by 90 percent the country's measles-related deaths, usually about 5,000 per year, the United Nations Children's Fund estimates." By Celia W. Dugger, New York Times Link to Article (last visited 4-30-06 NVS)