Fighting a Years-Long Measles Epidemic in Congo

A measles epidemic that began in 2010 and has affected the entire country continues to sicken tens of thousands of children in northern DRC.

Before patients go in to see the doctor, they are given an initial screening by health staff. Aiyetoro health centre, in Makoko area. With an estimated population of 18 million, Lagos is one of the largest cities in the world. Thousands of people live in slum areas, where conditions are unsanitary and basic infrastructure and services are lacking. If you are poor and live in the slums, getting to see a doctor can be difficult as, even in public hospitals, you have to pay for medical care. That is why MSF has decided to launch primary and reproductive healthcare projects in the slums of Makoko, Otto and Badia. The Aiyetoro health centre (in Makoko) is open 24/7 for emergencies. From Monday to Friday, staff also provide primary healthcare and antenatal care from eight in the morning to seven at night. MSF is also planning to extend its work to three other areas of the city using mobile clinics. On 6 October, the first mobile clinic was held in the slum area of Otto. In Badia, MSF is working to reconstruct a small health post where medical activities will start before the end of the year. MSF is also building a small floating health centre on the lagoon in Makoko, where doctors will see patients twice a week.
Silvia Fernández
MSF worker discusses with a father. They share their tent with 13 others. Since May 2012, MSF is the main healthcare provider in Domeez refugee camp where more than 55,000 people have settled. MSF is providing humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in the camp through general health, mental health, and immunization. So far, MSF medical teams have held over 40,000 consultations. MSF is also providing targeted hygiene kits for refugees, safe water supplies and efficient sanitation. As well as following up the health situation in case of any emergency break ups in the camp.
Pierre-Yves Bernard/MSF
As the opposition group Seleka took power in CAR in March 2013, MSF teams support surgery activities at the community hospital in Bangui where victims of violence receive medical treatment. OCP, OCA and OCBA and present in the country.
Francois Beda /MSF
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