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MSF Measles Vaccination in DRC - Apr 2017

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As measles sweeps across Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), more than one million children have been vaccinated against the disease in a nine-month campaign by the international aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), supporting the Ministry of Health. Since November 2016, MSF teams have also treated more than 41,000 children for the disease in Maniema, Lomami, Tanganyika, Ituri, South Kivu and Equateur provinces.

Measles is extremely contagious and is mostly spread through sneezing and coughing. It mainly affects children, especially the under-fives. For those who suffer complications and who fail to receive treatment, it can prove deadly.

For the vaccine to be effective, 95 percent of children aged from six months to 15 years need to be vaccinated. In a country as large as DRC, where roads are often poor or non-existent, and travelling can be hampered by insecurity, considerable logistical constraints exist to reach children in certain areas. MSF teams have travelled by motorbike and on foot down narrow forest trails to reach the remotest areas.
Don't mess with measles | Webclip | English
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Don't mess with measles | Webclip | English
Joffrey Monnier
27 July, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
Don't mess with measles | Webclip | English
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Joffrey Monnier
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As measles sweeps across Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), more than one million children have been...
Don't mess with measles | Webclip | English
Logistic constraints in Bolomba - DRC
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Logistic constraints in Bolomba - DRC
Candida Lobes
08 June, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
Measles vaccination campaign in DRC by motorbikes
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Measles vaccination campaign in DRC by motorbikes
Candida Lobes
09 June, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
Patient in Kindu referral hospital
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Patient in Kindu referral hospital
Candida Lobes
06 April, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
Measles Vaccination in Maniema, DRC
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Measles Vaccination in Maniema, DRC
Candida Lobes
14 April, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
Patient in Kibombo General Hospital
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Patient in Kibombo General Hospital
Candida Lobes
30 March, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
Measles Vaccination in Maniema, DRC
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Measles Vaccination in Maniema, DRC
Candida Lobes
14 April, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
Measles Vaccination in Maniema, DRC
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Candida Lobes
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A Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) staff member loads a syringe during a measles vaccination campaign in...
Measles Vaccination in Maniema, DRC
Mobile Clinic in Maniema, DRC
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Mobile Clinic in Maniema, DRC
Candida Lobes
31 March, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
Mobile Clinic in Maniema, DRC
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Mobile Clinic in Maniema, DRC
Candida Lobes
31 March, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
Measles Vaccination in Maniema, DRC
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Measles Vaccination in Maniema, DRC
Candida Lobes
14 April, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
Patient in Kibombo General Hospital
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Patient in Kibombo General Hospital
Candida Lobes
30 March, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
Measles Vaccination in Maniema, DRC
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Measles Vaccination in Maniema, DRC
Candida Lobes
14 April, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
Measles Vaccination in Maniema, DRC
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Measles Vaccination in Maniema, DRC
Candida Lobes
14 April, 2017
Democratic Republic of Congo
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