Humanitarian Health Action

Mass vaccination campaign to protect millions against yellow fever in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo

August 2016 -- One of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa will start in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo this week as WHO and partners work to curb a yellow fever outbreak that has killed more than 400 people and sickened thousands more.

Supporting the delivery of healthcare in the Democratic Republic of the Congo


27 July 2016 -- Some 49 partners are working together to respond to a multifaceted crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Known as the Health Cluster, this group of non-governmental and UN organizations is working together, under the co-leadership of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, to reach 6 million people with health services in 2016.

Dr Ahmed Zouiten, from the Global Health Cluster secretariat, recently visited DR Congo to see what additional support is needed.

The many challenges to fighting yellow fever in Democratic Republic of the Congo

A four-wheel drive vehicle is seen traveling along a difficult dirt track
WHO/A. Clements-Hunt

The Democratic Republic of the Congo faces many challenges in responding to the yellow fever outbreak. Access to areas along the Angolan border is extremely difficult and there is a lack of essential resources, such as fuel to run electricity generators.

WHO is working with the government and partners to organize a mass vaccination campaign of approximately 3 million people along the border with Angola. This photo story highlights some of the challenges in providing health services to this remote area.

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