Globally, eighty five percent of children have been vaccinated with the first dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday through regular health services, and sixty four percent with a second dose. However, coverage levels continue well short of those required to prevent outbreaks, avert preventable deaths and reach regional measles elimination goals(13).
In resource-poor settings the prevention of child mortality through immunization is one of the most cost-effective public interventions in use. The Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) aims at delivering the primary immunization series to at least 90 percent of infants(14). However, inadequate levels of immunization against childhood diseases remain a significant public health problem in resource-poor areas of the globe(15).