Using the reference framework for good measles management in practice - a case study from north rhine-westphalia

Matthias Schröter, Peter Schröder-Bäck, Helmut Brand

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In 2005, WHO Europe reconfirmed the objective of eradicating measles and fixed a strategy plan for the years 2005 up to 2010. While a downward trend of measles infections in Germany between 2001 and 2004 could be observed, as many as 780 cases of measles were reported in 2005 and in 2006 even 2.281 cases. These high figures in 2006 were almost exclusively caused by an outbreak in the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia. This case study describes how a reference framework for good health management of measles prevention was applied for this region. As a result, various recommendations for action could be given, among them the recommendation to implement individual vaccination reminder systems for parents and bonus systems for parents. Based on these results, a comprehensive policy concept has been drawn up and has become the subject of a political agreement process in this region. Thus this case study shows a paradigm how reference frameworks for good health management can be utilised in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-190
Number of pages4
JournalCentral European Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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