meales200320_3_With the world’s largest and fastest-moving measles epidemic continuing to expand throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Government with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners initiated a third emergency campaign of vaccinations in 24 health zones, targeting nearly 825 000 children aged 6–59 months. Life-saving vaccines and supplies for the campaign have been provided by WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières, UNICEF and the DRC Government, with US$2.5 million funding from the United Nations Humanitarian Pooled Fund. As of 17 September, a total of 183 837 suspected measles cases (5 989 confirmed) had been reported in 192 of the 519 health zones nationwide, including 3 667 deaths – which exceed the number of deaths due to Ebola. Nearly all the deaths have been children…..more