Measles Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo Kills 400

More than 23,000 people, mostly children, have been infected with measles in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 400 have died, according to United Nations agencies and Doctors Without Borders.
In one village of 500, more than 30 children under age 5 died within two months — a third of all the children in that age group. “Their little graves are still visible in the cemetery,” said Augustin Ngoyi, the response coordinator for Doctors Without Borders.

Mali : Lutte contre le Vih-Sida et le paludisme et pour la promotion de la planification familiale

L’Ong américaine « Futures Group » opère dans notre pays depuis plus d’une vingtaine d’années. Elle assiste le ministère de la Santé et de l’Hygiène publique dans la lutte contre le Vih/Sida et le paludisme et pour la promotion de la planification familiale. Prenant récemment le nom de « Palladiumgroup », l’Ong a amené plusieurs projets dans notre pays parmi lesquels le Projet des politiques de santé (HPP).


Measles elimination in New Zealand - target set for 2020

New Zealand is well on its way to achieving "measles elimination" status according to a Manila-based Kiwi doctor.
World Health Organisation (WHO) communicable diseases director Mark Jacobs said seven countries and areas in the Western Pacific region have already eliminated measles and New Zealand has an important part to play.
Jacobs said the key to eliminating measles is making sure there is a good coverage of primary care and that includes immunisation.

Nigeria: NMA Seeks Support to Eradicate Measles in Nigeria

 The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for the support of government at all levels and other Nigerians in eradicating measles in the country as was done in the case of Ebola and polio.
Reading a communique issued at the end of the of her national executive council meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State, yesterday, National President of NMA, Dr. Kayode Obembe, said they are in full support of the universal health coverage.

Polio, Measles drive kicks off in tribal belt

Around 1.7 million children will be administered measles and polio vaccines in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas during an ongoing immunisation drive.

Measles in Asia: Mongolia cases way up; Philippines and Vietnam down significantly

The number of measles cases in the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization as a whole is down significantly through the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period last year.


Vaccines & Viruses: Measles outbreak kills over 300 in Congo

Measles mortality. An outbreak of measles is wreaking havoc in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least 315 people have died in Katanga, a copper and cobalt mining province about the size of Spain, and more than 20,000 people have caught the disease. According to Reuters, United Nations officials said last week many deaths likely have gone unreported, and the outbreak is “only worsening and gaining ground.”

HIV-Positive Youth May Lack Immunity to MMR Diseases

Children who contract HIV at birth may not have enough immunity to ward off measles, mumps, or rubella (MMR) as they get older, even if they have received the MMR vaccine, according to the results of a new retrospective study. The study results were published online June 9 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Une méthode pour convaincre les anti-vaccins ?

Alors que la vaccination  est aujourd’hui en pleine tourmente et, qu’en France, le ministre de la Santé va jusqu’à proposer un « débat national » pour rassurer les parents qui n’ont plus confiance, une étude américaine se penche sur les méthodes permettant de convaincre les parents récalcitrants à faire vacciner leurs enfants.


Le constat est alarmant. Selon l’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament (ANSM), entre 2008 et 2014, les ruptures d’approvisionnement des médicaments ont été multipliées par 10 et, d’après Le Parisien, le phénomène s’aggrave de plus en plus rapidement. En effet, selon Issam Bouha, un pharmacien de Clamart cité par le quotidien, depuis mai, "300 médicaments s'affichent en rupture de stock sur les listings des fournisseurs".