The Measles War 25:00, 2008 (Ref: AF08648)

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Description

Vaccinating children in developing countries can be hard work. It’s a huge challenge – especially when there are long distances to travel, there’s not enough staff and there is the need to keep vaccines at the right temperature . Trying to do it during a war or in times of conflict, when young lives are even more at risk, makes it almost impossible. We travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is still recovering from a long and brutal civil war, to see how it’s done. Over 17,000 UN troops are still on duty in Congo trying to keep the peace. It’s dangerous work. They have the highest casualty rate of any UN peace-keeping mission – last year alone eight solders were killed. We go with them on patrol and with the vaccination teams trying to bring measles under control.

Part of a 29 x 25-minute documentary series produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series.