Vaccination

More than 688,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox's Bazar, a district in southeast Bangladesh, since late August 2017, after fleeing violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. They joined several other thousands who had made the same journey in previous crises. The refugees – from a minority Muslim...
Cases of cholera may have declined in Yemen, but the ongoing war and blockade are now creating a new threat to public health, as a suspected diphtheria outbreak takes hold. By 4 December, 318 suspected cases of diphtheria and 28 deaths had been reported in 15 of Yemen’s 20 governorates. Half the...
Hopes for improved access to an affordable pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) that safeguards both children and adults from pneumonia was dealt a major blow after the Indian patent office granted a patent to the US pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer for its PCV13 product, marketed as Prevnar13. “...
As fighting intensifies for control of the Syrian city of Raqqa, people must decide whether to remain in the city and surrounding villages under heavy bombardment, or leave the area by crossing active frontlines and minefields, says Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF). “Parents...
An innovative new vaccine which could prevent large numbers of children from dying of diarrhoea in sub-Saharan Africa has been successfully trialled in Niger, announced Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders on 23 March. Rotavirus infection is the leading cause of severe diarrhoea...
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) denounced the exorbitant price governments and non-governmental organisations are required to pay to vaccinate vulnerable children. In the past few weeks, MSF has vaccinated more than 5,000 refugee children between ages six months and 15 years...
An outbreak of yellow fever has been ravaging Angola since December 2015, raising fears that the disease will spread to other African countries or Asia. The limited stocks of vaccines constitute a particular challenge. Michel Van Herp, an epidemiologist with MSF, gave us an update on the situation...
In the DRC, MSF is vaccinating the entire population of the city of Matadi, while treatment and yellow fever vector control activities (destruction of the mosquitos) are under way in Kinshasa and in Kongo Central province. In Angola, Médecins Sans Frontières ( MSF) is supporting the Ministry of...
With simultaneous epidemics of meningitis and measles in Niger, teams from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have been supporting the Ministry of Health in its efforts to bring them under control, while taking steps to prevent cholera spreading from neighbouring Nigeria. The...
I could no longer count the times I was put in a stressful situation as part of my job at MSF.
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