Vaccinating the Vulnerable
Central African Republic has faced a chronic and prolonged health emergency. A violent conflict which sparked in 2013 has yet to be resolved and exaggerated pre-existing humanitarian issues. Civil war and a weak government have created an unstable life for many living in CAR.
Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in CAR making it a major focus for MSF. In 2016 alone, 595,700 cases of malaria were treated. With a population of approximately 4.9 million, this is only about 12%. CAR set up a program making malaria treatment free to children under 5 but a lack of resources prevents this initiative from being as beneficial as it could be. On top of this, official statistics state 1 in every 10 infants have not been fully vaccinated.
MSF is working hard to treat as many people as possible for both malaria and other diseases. Through the use of mobile clinics, MSF is treating those who cannot make it to a hospital or health centre. They also carry out “one shot” distributions throughout CAR. This offers a complete package of vaccinations, nutritional support (supplements of vitamin A and ferrous salts/folic acid), and mosquito netting to pregnant women and children. MSF is also conducting a “multi-antigen” vaccination campaign which aims to protect children under 5 from a number of diseases including polio, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, hepatitis B, measles and certain strains of pneumonia and meningitis.
Vote Vaccinating the Vulnerable to provide much-needed medical treatment to those in CAR.
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