Corona, measles, Ebola: Africa does not merely have a crisis

in Front of a "silent death in times of Covid-19" warns the aid organization "Doctors without borders" – a death that is raging mainly in developing countri

Corona, measles, Ebola: Africa does not merely have a crisis

in Front of a "silent death in times of Covid-19" warns the aid organization "Doctors without borders" – a death that is raging mainly in developing countries, and the most Recent then streamlined. The concern is that the number from the year 2018, than 140,000 children to the measles died, could be surpassed this year. A lot of attention the lonely Die not excited in the Bush. In most of the industrial Nations of the "children of disease" has lost with the development of effective vaccines to their horror a long time ago. With some success, doctors have been trying for years, the measles in developing countries push back. But now they fear a relapse in dark times – because of the fight against the Coronavirus is the fight against measles and other diseases into the Background.

Thilo Thielke

Free Rapporteur for Africa, based in Cape town.

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That the focus on the novel Virus is likely to have devastating consequences, know the world health organization (WHO). "The unnecessary Suffering and death, which occurs when children get routine vaccinations, could be far greater than Covid-19," said the Director-General of the WHO, the Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Reason for concern a study by WHO and the children's Fund of the United Nations (Unicef). Therefore, has reduced in the first four months of this year, the number of the world's administered DTP3 vaccinations against diphtheria, Tetanus and whooping cough for the first Time in almost 30 years, and "significant".

campaigns for vaccination exposed

measles 30 vaccination campaigns were canceled around the world, more than 60 countries reported due to broken supply chains, problems with the supply of doses of the vaccine. "Vaccines are one of the most effective instruments in the history of public health," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The reaction to the Corona-pandemic bring to this achievement is now in danger. Unicef Director Henrietta Fore said: "We can create a health crisis for another."

In many African countries, the fear of Covid has led to 19 panicky Overreactions. Limits were imposed on closed and curfews, supply chains were destroyed and the loss of jobs. The effects on health are observed in many Places. The United Nations warn of famine in Africa, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people could cost you your life. Because of the absence of impregnated mosquito nets be distributed, threaten this year alone, 400,000 additional Malaria Deaths.

Updated Date: 21 July 2020, 09:19

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