Humanitarian Health Action

More than 10 million people in Africa’s largest yellow fever vaccination campaign in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

6 September 2016, BRAZZAVILLE – The largest emergency vaccination campaign against yellow fever ever attempted in Africa, came to an end on 5 September 2016 with more than 10.6 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) vaccinated against the lethal disease.

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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