Measles vaccination campaigns (and treatment, during outbreaks) are an important activity for Doctors Without Borders. There are vaccination campaigns every year, in a wide range of countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. Doctors Without Borders also works to address measles outbreak in Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Bangladesh. Doctors Without Borders has vaccinated some 28 million children against measles since 2006. Outbreaks are fuelled by weak public vaccination systems and low vaccination coverage, including in areas of conflict and among high numbers of people living in close quarters, such as refugee camps.
Clinical Research and Trials
Most of Doctors Without Borders’ research on measles are mortality studies, and vaccination coverage studies. All mass vaccination campaigns should in theory be followed by a vaccination coverage survey, to measure the result of the campaigns.
Some of these surveys are published by Epicentre. Some other papers are available at Doctors Without Borders’ Field Research.
Doctors Without Borders’ advocacy on measles is mainly about access to vaccines (and funding). Doctors Without Borders works with governments to ensure there is sufficient supply of vaccines, and that these are available at reasonable prices. On the patient end, Doctors Without Borders has measles vaccination campaigns for people in need.
Doctors Without Borders’ Access Campaign, with the intersectional Vaccine Working Group, is also working on pushing GAVI Alliance to align its policies with WHO recommendations, allowing countries to vaccinate children beyond 12 months and to have the necessary vaccines for this policy.