Responding to the Measles Emergency in Democratic Republic of Congo

A raging measles epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has infected 145,000 people and killed more than 2,750. This measles epidemic has claimed more lives than the ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC, yet receives little international attention or funding. The outbreak is also affecting remote areas in the west of the country, posing major logistical challenges to medical teams trying to vaccinate communities at risk.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has sent an emergency response team to help contain the spread of the disease. The emergency team is mobile and agile, able to travel to hard-to-reach areas and change course quickly as the epidemic evolves. In this video, Pierre Heddegem, emergency team coordinator, explains how MSF is responding to the measles outbreak.