Measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo: an urgent wake-up call to adapt vaccination implementation strategies

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/315049
Title:
Measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo: an urgent wake-up call to adapt vaccination implementation strategies
Authors:
Gerard, S; Kyrousis, E; Zachariah, R
Journal:
Public Health Action
Abstract:
All countries in Africa have made a commitment to eliminate measles by 2020. This is laudable, as measles elimination will have a crucial impact on reducing childhood mortality. An important operational challenge is the resurgence of measles outbreaks in a number of countries; one of the main reasons for this is that many children are being missed by vaccination programmes. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), outbreaks continue unabated despite repeated vaccination campaigns and high reported coverage by the Ministry of Health. This paper brings into question the effectiveness of the current approach and the need for better reflection on bottlenecks and strategies that can address this issue. If we are to eliminate measles by 2020, there will be a need for impetus, a need for decisive action to reach that goal and prevent unnecessary childhood deaths in countries such as the DRC.
Publisher:
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Issue Date:
Mar-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/315049
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Vaccination

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGerard, Sen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKyrousis, Een_GB
dc.contributor.authorZachariah, Ren_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-31T21:31:02Z-
dc.date.available2014-03-31T21:31:02Z-
dc.date.issued2014-03-
dc.identifier.citationPHA 2014; 4(1): 6-8en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/315049-
dc.description.abstractAll countries in Africa have made a commitment to eliminate measles by 2020. This is laudable, as measles elimination will have a crucial impact on reducing childhood mortality. An important operational challenge is the resurgence of measles outbreaks in a number of countries; one of the main reasons for this is that many children are being missed by vaccination programmes. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), outbreaks continue unabated despite repeated vaccination campaigns and high reported coverage by the Ministry of Health. This paper brings into question the effectiveness of the current approach and the need for better reflection on bottlenecks and strategies that can address this issue. If we are to eliminate measles by 2020, there will be a need for impetus, a need for decisive action to reach that goal and prevent unnecessary childhood deaths in countries such as the DRC.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherInternational Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseaseen_GB
dc.subjectMeaslesen_GB
dc.subjectVaccinationen_GB
dc.titleMeasles in the Democratic Republic of Congo: an urgent wake-up call to adapt vaccination implementation strategiesen
dc.identifier.journalPublic Health Actionen_GB
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