The World Health Organisation has said that “almost 17 500 cases of measles were recorded in the African region between January and March 2022, marking a 400% increase compared with the same period in 2021”. This, they said, as “twenty African countries [have] reported measles outbreaks in the first quarter of this year, eight more than that in the first three months of 2021”. News24 reports that the sudden rise in measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases is largely blamed on disruptions by Covid-19, which resulted in huge strains on health system capacities in many African countries.