Chairwoman of the BGTHA
Website = https://katypetersinc.com/
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Katy Peters, Founder and Director of the London Vaccination Clinic, is a fresh, balanced and experienced voice in the vaccination and travel health industry. Katy has a firm belief that every parent should have the unbiased information necessary to make an informed decision regarding the risk/benefit ratio of vaccination for their children.
Katy is equally passionate about the power of vaccinations to save lives– especially in developing countries. This passion was born in her own words from a “baptism of fire” over a decade ago deep in the Congolese Bush.
Her journey began in her work as an outreach nurse for Medecins sans frontiers in the Congolese bush. Part of her team’s role was outbreak surveillance and over the recent weeks they had seen a worrying increase in measles cases. Measles is one of the world’s most contagious (preventable) diseases.There is a 92-98% chance of infection in unvaccinated people. The lethal combination of low .coverage, poor child health and local cultural practices created the perfect storm for a widespread and devastating measles outbreak
A mass vaccination campaign of the entire region was instigated. In the searing heat the team transported thousands of vaccines by motorbike to isolated villages in the Congolese bush, carrying everything with them whilst meticulously maintaining the vaccine cold chain.
They reached remote villages to be met by desperate families dealing with the consequences of this disease. The team vaccinated over 2000 children and treated countless more across the region, saving many lives.