Angola: Latest MSF Updates
- Yellow Fever in Angola: "Everyone Needs to Remain Vigilant and Responsive to Avoid an Explosion"
- Hunting Down Mosquitoes to Combat Yellow Fever in Angola and DRC
In 2016, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) renewed its operations in Angola after an absence of nine years, supporting local authorities after an outbreak of yellow fever. According to the official figures from the Ministry of Health, 4,599 suspected cases of yellow fever were reported in 2016; 884 people tested positive, and of these, 384 died. MSF supported the treatment of patients with yellow fever in Benguela, Huambo, and Viana in Luanda Province between February and August. The team managed a total of 740 patients, 127 of whom tested positive for the disease. MSF also trained officials from the Ministry of Health and donated medicines and medical supplies to provincial and municipal hospitals.
Nearly two-thirds of the 740 patients were adult men, and more than half (71) of the positive cases were detected in Huambo. Admissions to Huambo Provincial Hospital and Kapalanga Hospital in Viana peaked in March. MSF started activities in Benguela in May and saw the highest admissions in June. Yellow fever is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, and initial symptoms are similar in appearance to flu or malaria. One in five people infected with yellow fever develops severe toxic symptoms, which can be fatal in up to 80 percent of those patients.
Going forward, MSF will continue to support the local authorities to provide emergency healthcare services in Angola.