Americans Shun Vaccines—Idjwi Fights for Them

The US reached a grim milestone yesterday: 1,001 measles cases this year in the country’s worst outbreak since 1992, the CDC announced. It renewed calls for parents to stop shunning vaccines, Reuters reports.

On the island of Idjwi, which sits between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, no one would dare turn down a vaccine—if they were lucky enough to get one, writes Amani Global Works founder Jacques Sebisaho, in STAT. The nonprofit is working to shield the island’s remote communities from epidemics.

Their hospital has seen 1,500 measles cases. One village lost 10 children in a week.

In Idjwi, vaccines are only supplied when an epidemic is underway and even then, residents walk hours to even attempt to get one. Among other hurdles, a lack of electricity makes the cold chain tricky to maintain. 

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