WHO: Deaths from Democratic Republic of the Congo measles outbreak top 6000 (2)

8 January, 2020

Thanks for posting this, Neil. As far as I can recall, this is the first posting on HIFA about the measles outbreak in the Democratic Republicof the Congo. In contrast, we have had countless reports on HIFA about the Ebola situation there. Note that the 6,000+ deaths from measles in DRC in 2019 is more than all the Ebola deaths ever recorded in DRC since records began in 1976. It makes me wonder about this fascination with Ebola: is measles not spectacular enough? [*see note below]


Chris Zielinski


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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT chriszielinski.com

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[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW):

1. HIFA has highlighted issues relating to the devastating measles outbreak in DR Congo over the past several months. See examples below.

Hunger, measles, cholera, and conflict: Ebola not the only killer ravaging Congo


Hunger, measles, cholera, and conflict: Ebola not the only killer ravaging Congo (2)


BMJ: Ebola in Sierra Leone and DRC


Ebola and measles in DR Congo


Ebola and measles in DR Congo (2)


2. Chris's post raises wider issues around community perception and lack of trust in public health efforts. In one of the messages above (BMJ: Ebola in Sierra Leone and DRC) Professor Eugene Richardson of Harvard University notes in a BMJ interview: "People have been dying from malaria, measles, and armed conflicts for years, and there's a sense that no one's come to help. And then all of a sudden they see people from abroad with SUVs and money. They feel like all of this is being foisted on them. They feel like we're the ones spreading Ebola..."]