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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

MEASLES EPIDEMIC STRIKES CHILDREN IN CONGO


Children vaccination against measles in Congo

Children vaccination against measles in Congo


In recent years in the Republic of the Congo there have been episodes of violence, rebellions, protests, and political unrest. Five million people died in the civil war between 1997 and 2003.


The security of the country has decreased considerably due to internal government problems that have encouraged violence between militias that control much of the country. 

More than 13 million Congolese need humanitarian aid and 7.7 million live a situation of food insecurity. This situation is made even more complicated by the presence of continuous measles epidemics. 

In the West it seems that many have forgotten about it, there are only 35 deaths a year in Europe while in the Americas one last case was recorded in 2002; but measles is a highly contagious and equally dangerous viral disease. 

It is transmitted by air by sneezing or with a cough. It mainly affects children under the age of 5 where the risk of developing other serious diseases such as severe malnutrition and respiratory tract infections are higher and can be fatal in case of complications and in the absence of adequate therapies.


Among the emergencies this should be the easiest to defeat, at least at a theoretical level, also because it is fought with 2 doses of a safe and effective vaccine. But unfortunately, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it is not so! Why? 

First of all, since 2011 the former province of Katanga has been hit by large measles epidemics every 2-3 years. Between 2011 and 2013, 300,000 children were affected and 5,000 died. 

To cope with this, MSF has vaccinated over one million children in nine months, and since 2016 has treated more than 41,000 children. But to protect a population, 95% of children aged between 6 months and 15 years should be vaccinated. And this is not possible. 

We see the different reasons:

- only 28% of the population has adequate facilities available;
- access to medical care becomes difficult (there is a lack of medical supplies due to transport difficulties, lack of electricity needed for refrigerators where vaccines are stored, difficulties in reaching communities);


- the health ministry does not invest in infrastructure and personnel;


- 70-80% of the 80 million inhabitants of the DRC live below the poverty line and cannot afford medical expenses (around € 3-8).
Furthermore, there are logistical and travel difficulties to reach the isolated centers of this region:


- there are no paved roads,


- the villages are scattered in the forest, hundreds of kilometers from each other, often reachable only on foot, in motorcycle or crossing streams of water with pirogues and fighting against vegetation barriers for several days, and this makes it impossible to transport large quantities of medicines, vaccines and therapeutic food.

Thus many children are never able to access medical treatments and are never vaccinated. The mortality rate of children under the age of 5 is very high, and deaths are often not even recorded. It is for all that in March 2018 that the last measles epidemic occurred, in several districts in the province of Katanga, in an area as large as Spain. 

From March to September the MSF teams vaccinated 231,646 children and treated 3334 measles cases. From December 2018 to February 2019 together with the Ministry of Local Health, MSF treated 393 children suffering from acute measles in local hospitals and 2957 milder cases in outpatient settings. 

They have vaccinated 64629 children and every day they continue despite the immense difficulties that kids like us can hardly imagine. 

The activity carried out by the organization Doctors Without Borders particularly affects the commitment of many people (doctors, nurses, health personnel) from many countries, ready to intervene promptly in all those parts of the world where emergency situations occur ( earthquakes, armed conflicts, epidemics, etc.), using structures such as "mobile clinics", containers that act as intensive therapies, to try to reach children who live in the most severely affected areas.

The case of the measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of many examples that make us think a lot; a disease that for us Westerners seems to have been completely eradicated, still sowing death and panic, especially among children in underdeveloped countries.

We therefore understand that we must be fortunate in having guaranteed the right to medical care in our country. For example, vaccination, which in Italy is guaranteed during adolescence, is not so obvious in many other parts of the world. 

These situations must spur us on to an increasingly intense and concrete commitment to those parts of the world where such dramatic political and social economic conditions are experienced.


Therefore we believe it is important to support organizations such as Doctors Without Borders on the economic level to meet the needs (medicines, instruments, health personnel), but it is also important to the international commitment of the countries that must collaborate and dialogue more and more for the authentic good of Humanity, especially with respect to the right to health. 

In light of this, we hope that in each of us we will increasingly grow the desire that is produced in personal commitment, according to our profession, towards the populations that live inhuman conditions.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

VACCINE CONTAMINATION EXISTS LONG TIME



Belgium sprayed contaminated vaccine into the mouth of children



"Whatever goes around comes around," they say, above all, there is time for everything. The World Health Organization has collaborated with the US government, and millionaires, such as Bill Gates, to decimate Africa with contaminated vaccines to reduce the population, yet they claim to eradicate the threat of diseases in Africa.


African leaders have remained quiet over every medical crime organized by the World Health Organization in Africa and selfishly, they enjoy aids projects financed by foreign countries at the expense of victims of Aids and Ebola.

And now the Ghanaian government wants Ghanaians to accept the new malaria vaccines being implemented by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to prevent malaria in Children in Ghana? At times, I wonder why Ghanaians leaders behave in that way. Do they read at all? 


The World Health Organization and the Centers for Diseases  Control have provided false information about the two-linked disease, Aids and Ebola, on their websites which have become their nightmares to remove them. Instead, they left them. What a shame? 

Belgium colonized Congo, do the Ghanaian government encouraging Ghanaians to vaccinate their children against probably polluted malaria, aware that the vaccine which was used in the population of the Congolese by the Belgian government against malaria was never used by any Belgians in Congo that time?

The Belgian government sprayed the contaminated vaccine directly into the mouth of the Congolese children but the Belgians in Congo were given special capsules to protect them. Why? 

Ghanaian leaders are greedily selfish to the extent that they can sell the entire Ghanaian population for the dollars. Nobody is saying here that vaccination but due to deliberate crimes committed by the World Health Organization, how can Ghanaians guarantee the safety of the malaria vaccines?

Before they will convince Ghanaians the safety of the malaria vaccines, they should impress Ghana by speaking against the medical crimes by the US government collaboration with the World Health Organization to decimate Africa with man-made diseases. 

That alone will encourage mothers to vaccinate their children against malaria in Ghana.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

THE THREAT OF DISEASES AND HUNGER FACING AFRICAN CHILDREN


In the midst of poverty and hunger, African children are always happy

In the midst of poverty and hunger, African children are always happy


"Scientists have developed an antiretroviral drug that can restrain its spread, yet, in Africa, where the number of infected is over 25 million people, this drug has not yet become widely available." 




All over the world there is an unprecedented increase in the welfare of mankind. Unlike past times, when welfare was the privilege of only the elect. Now better life in abundance is available to an unprecedented number of ordinary people from different parts of our planet. 


Thanks to the process of globalization and development, the standard of living of billions of men and women has increased significantly. Nevertheless, at present these fruits of abundance are not yet available to all. 

Millions of people in Africa are forced to eke out a miserable existence in conditions of abject poverty, huddle in miserable shacks in the immediate vicinity of smelly landfills, breathe polluted air, and drink unpurified water. 

Children suffer from hunger. Due to persistent malnutrition, many of them have abnormalities in their physical development and many people can neither read nor write.

We live in a world of well-being, where the existence of modern medicines has helped to eradicate most of the diseases or diseases are spread through contaminated medicines. Nevertheless, in Africa, as many as four million children under the age of five die every year. 

Two thirds are diseases which treatment does not require significant resources: for example, malaria, which is the main scourge of the children’s deaths could have been easily avoided if the parents had the opportunity to take their children to the doctor and get medicines that cost no more than one US dollar.

We live in a world of well-being, where scientists have come close to unraveling the human genome and have even learned to clone. Nevertheless, with our connivance in Africa every year, as a result of complications during pregnancy or childbirth, 250,000 women die. 

We live in a world of well-being, where, through the Internet, in a blink of an eye, it is possible to exchange information of such a volume that no human brain can accommodate. Nevertheless, in Africa, as many as 40 million children are deprived of the opportunity to receive primary education.

We live in a world of well-being, where, in an attempt to fight AIDS, one of the most deadly diseases of our time, scientists have developed an antiretroviral drug that can restrain its spread, yet, in Africa, where the number of infected is over 25 million people, this drug has not yet become widely available. 

This means that every year, two million infected people will die from AIDS in Africa and every third child will remain an orphan.

We live in a world of well-being, wherein prosperous countries, the production of surplus food products is spent equivalent to the income of the entire population of Africa — almost $ 1 billion a day. While in Africa, hunger takes more lives than all infectious diseases combined. 

We live in a world of well-being, where two dollars are spent per day for the maintenance of each cow in Europe. It is absurd but true: this is twice the average income of an African. In Japan, the maintenance of one cow costs four dollars.

Such a discrepancy between the quality of life of citizens of prosperous countries and poor people in Africa is a blatant manifestation of injustice. We must not forget that behind the numbers are concrete human lives, the lives of children. 

A huge number of children are struggling with death, fighting for life. But the forces are unequal, and every year thousands of children die. Globalization must also imply global justice. No nation of the world can stand aside when other people suffer but many countries watch African children to suffer.

The destructive waves, more than a tsunami which has hit the African continent are hunger and disease and the victims slowly die.  

Humanity can continue to divert attention from these disasters, but Africa will stay strong because the bitter experiences shape and modify the lives of the people in the continent, in a way that they can stand every calamity which Europe and America haven’t the courage to survive them.