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Reaching the Hard to Reach: The Maasai in Tanzania

May 22, 2015

In the last 10 years, the Maasai have been among the most affected communities by measles. Pastoral communities like the Maasai in the rural Arusha region of Tanzania are very hard to reach, making it even harder to provide the necessary second dose for the measles vaccine to be effective. In fact, the presence of this community played a part in our decision to start the BID Initiative in Arusha as our pilot region. Angela Cheche, a health worker at Kaloleni Health Facility in the Arusha region, recalls how measles previously took the lives of many children, but the introduction of vaccines has made a big difference.

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The Role of Data in the Measles Outbreak

Feb 24, 2015

As we have seen with Ebola and now with the measles outbreak in the U.S., an outbreak or epidemic requires a quick response that is highly reliant on good data. From identifying where the outbreak started to tracing human contact to help contain the disease, without quality data and the means to make decisions immediately, outbreaks are more likely to spread.

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