The government of Bangladesh is kicking off one of its largest public health campaigns.
The government has dispatched 800-thousand health care workers whose goal is to immunize 33-point-five million children against measles by March 16th. The health care workers will seek out children between the ages of nine months and ten years old. They will search for them wherever they can find them -- including in transport terminals and parks.
Measles kills 20-thousand Bangladeshi children a year. The South Asian country has a population of 140 million. The Bangladeshi measles vaccination campaign is internationally funded. Donors include the American Red Cross and the government of Japan.