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Measles is a highly contagious disease can cause deadly epidemics.
The World Health Organization estimates that measles cases in Africa rose 700 per cent between 2018 and 2019.
In low-income countries, when measles is combined with malnutrition or malaria, it’s effects can be devastating. But, thanks to a safe, cheap and effective vaccine, measles is a preventable disease.
In Chad, Niger, and Nigeria, supply and cold chain issues, lack of staff and resources have all affected recent vaccination campaigns. As a result, epidemics that broke out in 2018 continue to claim lives.
Taking action in contexts like these necessitates a series of strategic decisions.
Measles outbreak in Yemen
The Yemeni health system is in a state of near-collapse: the population has very limited access to health facilities, either because they are damaged or not fully functioning. The direct consequences are the recent resurgence of outbreaks of preventable diseases such as cholera, diphtheria and measles.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and one of the leading causes of death among young children. In 2018, MSF treated 1,787 people for measles in Yemen.
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