Updated on 17 September 2013
Health officials said at the meeting that India needs to improve routine immunization coverage with the first dose of a measles vaccine from the current national average of 72 percent to a uniform 95 percent nationwide and expand coverage with a second dose.
The WHO has said improved immunization in the South East Asian region has led to a 48 percent decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2011. While rubella is a milder infection, pregnant women who get rubella are at risk of having babies with congenital rubella syndrome.
The regional committee meeting has also set a goal of reducing rubella (German measles) infections by 95 percent from 2008 figures.