Following confirmation of measles cases among children in several camps for internally displaced people in Bangui, Central African Republic, MSF is vaccinating 68,000 children in five camps in the city in order to prevent an outbreak. Hundreds of thousands of people are currently displaced in camps around Bangui as a result of violence since early December.
MSF is vaccinating more than 25,000 children in the Don Bosco and Boy Rabe camps, 40,000 children in Mpoko camp and 3000 children in the Saint Michel and Saint Elime camps. All children between six months and 15 years are being targeted, which accounts for 40% of the total camp population. MSF also screens children that are under five years for malnutrition, and treats the severe cases. Complicated cases are referred to a specialised centre.