World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia, August, 2017
Close to four decades ago, Maldives, in collaboration on with WHO, started its programme of immunization on, with the introduction of MCV 1 as part of the Expanded Programme on Immunization. At that time, people would hide in the jungles to escape from being immunized. Today, Maldives has over 95% immunization coverage, with an informed population that understands the need for and benefits of immunization. In April 2017, the WHO South-East Asia Regional Verification Commission was convinced that endemic measles transmission has been interrupted throughout the country, making Maldives one of the first two countries of the Region to achieve this success.