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IRC to vaccinate more than 100,000 in D.R. Congo and Sudan

News and Press Release
Originally published
Weekly Update: March 15, 1999
In the face of a virulent outbreak of measles in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, IRC health teams have launched a campaign to vaccinate 80,000 children between 9 months and 5 years of age. Some 1,400 youngsters in that age group died of measles in a six-month period ending in February in the Katana heath zone. The campaign will focus on the Katana and Kabare health zones, South Kivu, DR Congo. In Sudan, a state of emergency has been declared in seven states due to an outbreak of meningitis. The IRC is monitoring the spread of the disease, and will provide approximately 21,000 vaccinations in a one-week campaign utilizing all available resources. In addition to the vaccinations, a program of public education will be undertaken, and treatment and referral will be provided to those who are stricken. Both projects are being funded by the John C. Whitehead Emergency Reserve Fund, established with a grant from the Mellon Foundation in 1997.