Congo-Kinshasa: More International Support Needed to Curb Deadly Measles Outbreak in DR Congo

[UN News] Countries are being asked to step up assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which is facing the world's worst measles epidemic, with more than 6,000 deaths since the start of last year.
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