Helping to stop measles spreading
If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you know what it’s like to feel very poorly for a short while, but get better in the end. In Canada, most of us have been vaccinated against , but in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an outbreak of the virus can be deadly.
Between January 2019 and January 2020, more than 310,000 people caught measles in the DRC. Sadly, thousands of people died – many of them children. The World Health Organisation called it ‘the world’s worst measles ’.
The people in places like the DRC are more vulnerable to the disease because of malnutrition. This is made worse by only a small percentage of the population having had a , along with poor access to doctors and hospitals.
In early February, MAF Pilot Nick Frey carried health workers and boxes of measles vaccines for a medical charity working in Lisala, Basankusu and Boende. The vaccinations will prevent young children, pregnant women and their families from catching measles, which will help stop the virus from spreading further.