The world's worst epidemic

While the world focuses on the coronavirus outbreak, dozens of children are dying every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo from the world's worst epidemic: measles.

What’s measles?

There is a little boy named Rodjens. He’s 17 months old, and he got measles during the world’s worst outbreak of the disease which has been ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of 2019. Although Rodjens was hospitalized in time, in this country in Central Africa, nearly 20 children die every day because of this epidemic.

Children are the most vulnerable

In measles treatment centers like this one in Matadi, NGOs are working to save the families affected by the epidemic, like Phemba and her two daughters. Since January 2019, according to the WHO, 310,000 people have been infected with measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 6,000 have died, 75% of which are children under the age of 5, who are the most vulnerable to the disease. Measles is an infectious disease, and one of the most contagious. It’s one of the leading causes of death in the world. Its symptoms include a high fever, a runny nose, a sore throat, conjunctivitis followed by a rash on the body and around the lips.

There is no cure for the disease, only symptomatic treatments

There is no specific treatment for measles, only symptomatic treatments. Most of the deaths are caused by complications of the disease, such as acute respiratory infections, dehydration, or diarrhea. When treated in time, patients recover in around 10 days after the first symptoms appear.

More resources are needed in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Today, vaccination is the only effective preventive measure against measles. In the DRC, ongoing conflict, lack of access to remote villages and inequality prevent many children in rural areas from being vaccinated every year. A global fundraising campaign allowed for the emergency vaccination of millions of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But the WHO is calling for further resources to get the disease under control.


02/15/2020 3:22 PM


  • Brenda F.
    03/16/2020 23:14


  • Belinda W.
    03/14/2020 21:06

    Poor little souls, I hope they recover from this 😰🙏🏻

  • Pauline F.
    03/13/2020 10:33

    Poor little baby prayers for them all

  • Tina S.
    03/13/2020 05:57


  • Chuck M.
    03/13/2020 01:16

    These are the people who we need to help

  • Austin B.
    03/13/2020 00:45

    Prayers 🙏🏻🙌🏻😢

  • Tammy H.
    03/12/2020 15:49

    I pray for those poor little children this is so 😔

  • Penny P.
    03/12/2020 07:31


  • Lawrence T.
    03/12/2020 03:59

    Poor babies. God help them.

  • Jenesse C.
    03/12/2020 03:50

    DESPICABLE!!!!! What happened to the freakin World Health Organization???? Give them the freakin vaccine the rest of the world has had for freakin years.... THIS IS CRIMINAL AND HUMANITY WILL PAY FOR THIS!!!

  • Brenda E.
    03/12/2020 03:36

    God bless these children

  • Mary E.
    03/11/2020 22:38

    So sad that this is happening to gods little angels

  • Kathia M.
    03/11/2020 22:31

    que Dios te bendiga bb amen

  • Tracy S.
    03/11/2020 21:57

    Prayers for these little ones and Families. ❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  • Tiffany T.
    03/11/2020 17:42


  • JunjunHerma L.
    03/11/2020 17:19


  • Barbara K.
    03/11/2020 16:05


  • Shawn C.
    03/11/2020 14:46

    Poor babbies😪 so many prayers

  • Martinez E.
    03/11/2020 13:52

    Wish it wasn’t so hard to adopt a child. I’d adopt in a second if I could

  • Judy N.
    03/11/2020 12:55

    God Bless 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼😘

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