MSF teams vaccinate CAR children against measles, polio

Teams from Médecins Sans Frontières in Central African Republic recently carried out an emergency measles and polio intervention with approximately 9,000 children, MSF announced on Monday.

The MSF teams carried out the intervention in the Gadzi region, where the population has very limited access to health facilities and services. Children younger than five were also de-wormed and received vitamin A supplements.

The Gadzi intervention was one of four emergency projects MSF opened in the country in April 2012 when a coup by the armed Séléka coalition plunged CAR into social and political turmoil. The conflict drove close to 300,000 people out of their homes.

In addition to the vaccination campaign, MSF teams working in seven healthcare centers in the area conducted more than 5,000 medical consultations. More than half of the consultations were for malaria. Other pathologies treated were respiratory infections, skin infections and waterborne diseases like intestinal parasites.

MSF is urging the international community to provide more aid and support for the population in CAR. The country is one of the world's poorest and has a life expectancy of just 48 years. The country's future is growing even more uncertain with the recent political events.