The President of Colombia, Iván Duque, received an award from the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) in recognition of Colombia’s work to combat measles and rubella.
WHO’s Director General Tedros Adhanom handed Duque the Measles and Rubella Leadership Award on behalf of WHO, UNICEF, the UN Foundation, The US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the Red Cross.

Duque said that following a “massive” immunization campaign that began in 1993, Colombia had long been declared measles-free. He said that recently, as part of the “close to 1.4 million Venezuelan brothers and sisters” that have arrived in Venezuela, “there are minors that have arrived in our country that had measles and rubella.”

The Colombian President said the award is “proof that we have acted in an effective way in the way we have handled one of the most dramatic migratory crises that Latin America has experienced in recent times.”