WHO vaccinates 115,000 children against measles in CAR

The World Health Organization recently announced that its vaccination campaign in the Central African Republic successfully vaccinated more than 115,000 children between the ages of six months and 15 years against measles.

Since 2012, 13 out of every 100 children born in the Central African Republic died before their fifth birthday. Measles, which can cause mortality in 1 of 25 victims infected, is a top public health concern in the nation, especially in light of the ongoing conflict.

According to the International Crisis Group, there has been an ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic since the fall of the government last year, causing the displacement of approximately 400,000 people. The ICG reported that nearly half of the country's population was in need of some type of assistance as of December 2013, especially health assistance. The WHO initiated its immunization campaign as a way to support the health of the people in the country, despite the conflict.

The measles campaign was a three-day vaccination event at health centers across the nation. People from across the country lined up at health centers to vaccinate their children against measles. The event was organized by the WHO, with help from its international partners, including the International Red Cross.