Fighting the world’s biggest measles outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

The biggest measles outbreak in a decade is raging in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The disease is responsible for more than 6,000 deaths in the past year alone, most of them children. Patients, especially in rural areas, face both geographic and financial barriers to care. In response, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams provide drugs, transportation, and treatment. For example, in Kongo Central, one of the outbreak’s current hotspots, MSF teams offer patient care, support the local health care system, and participate in disease surveillance activities. In 2019, MSF treated more than 50,000 people for measles in DRC and vaccinated 816,000 children.