Managing an epidemic

Epidemics of measles should no longer occur, but they do. In countries where war or civil strife have disrupted health services, sometimes over a period of many years, whole generations of children may grow up without having been immunised. When MSF teams find themselves in the midst of an outbreak of measles they marshal all of their resources around two objectives:
  • carry out a mass immunisation campaign as quickly as possible;
  • strengthen curative health services so as to be able to treat complications and hopefully prevent affected children dying.