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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.
MSF suspends activities in Kidal region
“If we sit back and do nothing, these people will die”
Malnutrition and disease ravage the settlements around Kalémie
MSF staff treat measles cases across five provinces
“Falling sick in Rann is almost a death sentence”
Battling a large-scale measles epidemic
Research & Analysis
MSF Field Research
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