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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.
A deadly measles outbreak is spreading like wildfire
Massive mobilisation urgently needed to curb fast-spreading measles outbreak
“I have not seen such high numbers of measles cases”
Measles epidemic declared in May 2018, still not under control one year on
Even during a widespread measles epidemic, we can save kids’ lives
“We should take every opportunity to vaccinate against deadly diseases”
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