Parents Paid Hush Money After 40 Children Paralyzed by Vaccine

by Sarah Healthy Pregnancy, Baby & Child, VaccinationComments: 53

A vaccination tragedy is currently unfolding in Gouro, a small town in the  African republic of Chad.  Late last month, 500 children received the meningitis vaccine MenAfriVac and so far, at least 40 of them are confirmed to be paralyzed.

What’s more, the media trail for this disturbing incident in the former French colony has been all but sanitized with no news outlets save for the French newspaper La Voix reporting the story and the government of Chad desperately trying to silence the frantic parents of the paralyzed children by paying them hush money.

Adverse Reactions Began Within 24 Hours of  Receiving Vaccine

One resident of Gouro who has 2 cousins who remain hospitalized from the vaccine, reported to La Voix that many of the paralyzed children began to have adverse reactions within 24 hours of the shot.

Headaches and vomiting were the first symptoms followed by convulsions and in at least 40 cases, paralysis.

The vaccination effort took place on December 20, 2012 and yet it was a full 6 days later on December 26, 2012 before Chad government authorities stepped in to transport 50 of the critically ill children to a hospital in N’Djamena, the capital of  Chad.

Government authorities have also reportedly attempted to silence the aggrieved, frustrated, and angry parents by paying them hush money.

Mr. M, the resident of Gouro with 2 cousins in the hospital, responded in an email as reported in an article by Cristina England of

In addition, the government and the media have gone silent about the tragedy, while there are still facts requiring clarification whatever contingencies. All this disturbs us and makes us fear the worst effects for the future. For the not knowing of what is going on behind the scenes of the Minister of Health or elsewhere (WHO, UNICEF).  As parents our priorities is that how to tell our children, it is very sad that entire city is paralyzed. We are begging our government act quickly as possible to save our children but it is too slow and lack of motivation. Therefore we call assistance for everyone in the world to intervene.

Many Unanswered Questions Remaining on This Incident

Information on this incident is proving hard to come by due to the sanitized media response to the tragedy.  Why would such a shocking story not be covered by at least one major news agency?

Was this calamity the result of a bad batch of vaccine or were the vaccines simply not kept cold enough?  The manufacturer of the vaccine states that MenAfriVac should be kept at one temperature range (36-46F) and yet the Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP) proudly states on its website that:

MenAfriVac®, MVP scientists announce that the meningococcal A conjugate vaccine created to meet the needs of Africa’s meningitis belt can now be transported and stored for as long as four days without refrigeration or even an icepack.

The biggest questions, however, are why hasn’t this vaccination effort been suspended and why are no websites for the government of Chad reporting any reference to this incident as of today?

Is worldwide public opinion of vaccination so frayed and tenuous that even an incident in sub-Saharan Africa must now go unreported to avoid the fiendish truth – that over half a billion greedy, blood stained dollars are spent on an African meningitis vaccination campaign while pennies are spent on access to clean wells when UNICEF blames the disease outbreaks like meningitis on a simple lack of clean drinking water?


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Sources: Minimum of 40 Children Paralyzed after Meningitis Vaccine

Wigne, Danzabe and Byakzahbo, Anrde. “Numerous Children of Gouro Hospitalized After a Vaccination Campaign to Control Meningitis.” La Voix (for a scanned copy of the newspaper clipping, click here and scroll down).

Vaccination Campaign Against Meningitis Turns to Drama in Gouro

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Comments (53)

  • AHS

    Simply look @ the #’s in india-1,050 cases of polio, to -0-. Same time NPP (non polio paralysis) sky rocketed to 60,000, from near -0-! Either UN website country stats? or WHO? (not 100% on my numbers, want exacting, look it up! thnx bill,prck

    January 29th, 2013 10:49 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Ok, let’s do this. Show me the stats. Show me the actual credible scientific data backing any of this up. Anyone.

    1) If by paralysis you’re talking about the extremely rare episodes of GBS in 1976 flu vx, you’re ignoring the fact that this is correlational, not causal. GBS is a rare event on its own, but does have ~ 150 incidence rate *each week* regardless of vaccine status. The 1976 GBS correlation was an additional 1 case for every 100,000 vaccinated. That is a 0.001% additional risk. 0.001%. Want to compare that to the number of people who die or have extended illnesses each year from the flu? Check out the CDC.

    2) I’m not really internet blog savvy as I rarely comment. So please tell me, what exactly determines someone to be a troll? Do you just have to have a response that does not fall in line w/ everyone else? If so then sure, I’m a troll. If it’s someone who posts legitimate scientific information – then I guess that makes me a troll, too.

    3) I certainly hope that if you have a patient that was “diagnosed as being damaged by DPT” then you minimally submitted this to VAERS. And yes, I will argue w/ the neurologist that it wasn’t the vaccine – though I doubt this neurologist is truly drawing that exact conclusion unless this is a neurologist from natural news. I happen to be personally surrounded (family and friends) by both doctors and nurses – ICU, ER, fertility, cardiac ICU, pediatric, wound care, a nurse manager, pediatrician (3 actually). We have had extensive conversations about vaccine conspiracy theories and guess what…not one, not one single instance, *none* of them have these experiences described here. None. They all express the same thing – concern about the lack of credible information being dispersed and decreased herd immunity, accordingly.

    4) You want to talk about injury related to vaccines? Let’s talk about injury related to no vaccines. Warning- this is very graphic and discusses suffering and death of children due to vaccine preventable disease.

    January 13th, 2013 12:51 pm Reply
  • RastaMan

    sometimes i wonder how these trolls keep coming to this site,
    on every article written, they try to turn the comments into insults and thus derail REAL ppl who come here for information..

    ppl like Sara(???), Michael, Lawrence, Kelly M Bray…. etc
    if they really don’t think vaccines cause harm, why do they keep coming to this site? what sort of home economy do they intend to learn??? how much do they get paid to troll this site…?

    why will some1 chose to align their soul with the side of darkness because of money or ego….?

    January 9th, 2013 4:24 am Reply
  • Sarah

    Wow. It’s unfortunate that you are choosing to perpetuate a fear-based campaign with absolutely no credible sources to back this up. Forty children were not rendered paralyzed from the MenAfriVac meningitis campaign. Do you have any knowledge of anatomy and physiology, or immunology, or microbiology? I’m guess perhaps you haven’t been exposed to much considering a degree in Econ and experience in the IT world, etc. It is easy to get caught up in this info if it’s not a subject you studied personally, I know I have done the same in other subject matters. Biology was the focus of my studies so let me assure you…vaccines do not, under any circumstances, cause paralysis. Not keeping a vaccine cold *definitely* would not result in paralysis. The concern with not refrigerating a vaccine is in the decrease or complete cessation of efficacy of the vaccine rendering it useless…the exact opposite of causing paralysis. The reason it’s difficult to find information on this “crisis” is b/c it doesn’t exist. There is no coverup, no need for tinfoil hats. In the few cases in which a vaccine has been responsible for adverse events (& this has happened, just like anything anywhere anytime can have a bad result) you can find tons and tons and tons of scientific articles on this. Don’t believe me? Google intussusception and the old Rotavirus vaccine.

    No, there was no mass paralysis of children in Africa from this vaccine b/c again, vaccines do not cause paralysis. But you know what *does* cause paralysis? Highly contagious meningitis. How do you prevent this? Vaccines.

    I admire your passion and your question for healthy lifestyles. Please consider that articles like these can do untold damage in those who do not know how to research this on their own.

    January 9th, 2013 3:55 am Reply
    • watchmom3

      Sorry, but it is you who need to do more research..vaccines do cause damage..we will know how bad in the next generation. You may be willing to sacrifice your kids on the Big Pharma alter, but I am not. Don’t try to convince everyone to jump on your sinking ship. If you want to sink, go ahead. Leave others alone to decide for themselves. Controlling people is bad science.

      January 9th, 2013 12:19 pm Reply
    • Pw’eek

      Ummm…vaccinations don’t cause paralysis?! Then why is Guillain Barre syndrome a listed adverse event in many of the vaccine package inserts?

      ” Guillain-Barre syndrome damages parts of nerves. This nerve damage causes tingling, muscle weakness, and paralysis. Guillain-Barre syndrome most often affects the nerve’s covering (myelin sheath). Such damage is called demyelination, and it causes nerve signals to move more slowly. Damage to other parts of the nerve can cause the nerve to stop working altogether.”

      January 9th, 2013 1:01 pm Reply
    • wonderwoman

      A focus on biology? Do you work in the health care field? I have been an ICU nurse for 14 years and I can assure you VACCINES CAN CAUSE PARALYSIS. Not only paralysis, they can cause brain damage. I have a patient who was diagnosed as being damaged by a DPT vaccine and as an adult has the mentality of a 3 year old. Will you argue with his neurologist that it wasn’t the vaccine?

      January 10th, 2013 11:32 pm Reply
  • Nadine Lumley

    snip snip: Dr. Shiv Chopra was a drug company insider, and also worked for what is now Health Canada — the Canadian equivalent of the FDA. He is uniquely qualified to explain why no flu vaccine has ever worked, and that swine flu and avian flu are nothing more than hoaxes.


    January 9th, 2013 12:50 am Reply
  • Kelly M Bray

    The clinical trials were completed in 2009. Any children vaccinated in 2012 are part on the regular vaccination efforts.

    January 9th, 2013 1:32 am Reply
  • Kelly M Bray

    Meningococcus is spread through the exchange of saliva and other respiratory secretions during activities like coughing, kissing, and chewing on toys. Not by well water. The vaccine is the only realistic prevention method. There are around 250,000 cases of Neisseria meningitidis a year in Africa with a 10% fatality rate. You have one unverified story, with one source, and you assume that there is a vast conspiracy to cover up rather than a serious lack of proof.

    January 9th, 2013 1:30 am Reply
  • Felicia Leggio Braud via Facebook

    Constance, the silencing continues in America. Disgraceful.

    January 8th, 2013 8:59 am Reply
  • Christopher Coblentz via Facebook

    And people still believe that the government would never do anything to purposely harm there people!!

    January 7th, 2013 11:58 pm Reply
  • Lawrence

    I’m confused – where is the confirmation that this actually occurred?

    January 7th, 2013 9:55 pm Reply
    • Kelly M Bray

      There is none. That means it must be a vast conspiracy.

      January 9th, 2013 2:38 am Reply
  • Tracee Portka via Facebook

    what are they using these sweet babies as guniea pigs?

    January 7th, 2013 9:30 pm Reply
  • Jasmine Grudier via Facebook

    Wow… I’m horrified.

    January 7th, 2013 8:14 pm Reply
  • Gianna

    HAHAHAHAHAHA !! Ok Michael , let’s not get our pitchforks out! SURE, what ever you say…. Let’s just trust the system to make sure before they inject the foreign protein into my kids bloodstream that they haven’t been drinking a cup o’stupid! Geez..God help us!

    January 7th, 2013 7:18 pm Reply
  • Margaret

    Please provide actual proof from a reputable source for this information. Anti vac websites are not reputable sources.

    January 7th, 2013 6:26 pm Reply
  • Constance Moerman via Facebook

    I just went to share this on Dr. Tenpenny on Vaccines page and her page has disappeared!!

    January 7th, 2013 4:37 pm Reply
  • Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook

    Blanca Villanueva Perez blind belief in anything is dangerous business.

    January 7th, 2013 3:33 pm Reply
  • Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook

    Yes, I think this “new” vaccine of its type that doesn’t need refrigeration was being testing on these children. That’s the bottom line and why the media sanitization of the story.

    January 7th, 2013 3:33 pm Reply
  • Blanca Villanueva Perez via Facebook

    I have a friend that believes whole-heartedly in medicine and says that, vaccines r important to save lives…I called him a sheeple and he was offended. I agree, ppl r blinded & fall for the vaccine propaganda.

    January 7th, 2013 2:39 pm Reply
  • Michael

    Before you all start running with your pitchforks extended, the article says that they’ve not yet concluded what caused the paralysis of the children.

    This blog is ripe for anti-vaccine rhetoric, and sometimes Big Pharma really is out to get you (or more precisely your money), but probably this time people are just stupid: those drugs are supposed to be kept in temperature controlled environments — perhaps this time they were left out too long in the heat and they led to this awful, disgusting tragedy.

    There’s no cover up (not yet), just lack of information while the situation is being investigated.

    Sarah I look forward to your followup posting to this story when the full results are released.

    Sources: I read the articles in French.

    January 7th, 2013 2:35 pm Reply
  • Nickel Pawless via Facebook

    Thank you for sharing this! So many nay sayers still believe vaccines to be safe.

    January 7th, 2013 2:13 pm Reply
  • Sharlene Wray via Facebook


    January 7th, 2013 2:05 pm Reply
  • Kelli

    The Big Pharma-dominated medical system and world agencies won’t allow the truth to get out. Its a real tragedy that they have such a hold over the media and medical system.

    January 7th, 2013 2:02 pm Reply
  • Jacqueline Markovic-Kuraica via Facebook


    January 7th, 2013 2:01 pm Reply
  • Shirley J

    “Why would such a shocking story not be covered by at least one major news agency?”

    Big Pharma is very powerful. Musn’t allow any news to disrupt sales. Got to worry about CEO bonuses and stock increases for the shareholders. But since the Bush administration went to bat for them and passed legislation that lets them off the hook for responsibility they don’t have to worry about big lawsuits anymore. ~sj

    “Is worldwide public opinion of vaccination so frayed and tenuous that even an incident in sub-Saharan Africa must now go unreported to avoid the fiendish truth — that over half a billion greedy, blood stained dollars are spent on an African meningitis vaccination campaign while pennies are spent on access to clean wells when UNICEF blames the disease outbreaks like meningitis on a simple lack of clean drinking water?”

    That’s an easy one – vaccines make more money. ~sj

    January 7th, 2013 2:00 pm Reply
  • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    I have never understood how even people who defend vaccines in general could defend this. That is, the idea that what children in a third world country actually need is vaccines, and not clean water. Humans literally cannot live without clean water, and we know that contaminated water is source of many diseases. Fixing the problem at its source would be so much cheaper and safer and healthier. It is mind-boggling.

    January 7th, 2013 12:45 pm Reply
    • Carolyn

      Clean water does not make money.

      January 8th, 2013 3:54 pm Reply
    • Kelly M Bray

      Meningococcus is not spread by water. It is airborne or spread by human contact. Contaminated water may the source of some diseases, but not Meningococcus. There 250,000 cases a year in Africa, 25,000 deaths and multitudes of paralysis, blindness, hearing loss, and brain damage from the disease. The vaccine is less than 50 cents a dose and is good for around 10 years.

      January 9th, 2013 1:59 am Reply
      • RastaMan

        its interesting you will come up with “250000 cases a year in Africa” without proof… are making it sound as if these companies are trying to help Africans ….

        you forget to mention that these meningitis outbreaks come with the vaccines as more and more companies do their trials in Africa.
        in 1996, Pfizer brought in meningitis in Africa and then conducted its vaccine trial that left thousands of kids dead in Nigeria and Chad….
        this human sacrifice has been ongoing for long as ppl in the west just sit around and watch America got Talent.

        sometimes i wonder hw we as humans got here… how did we as humans lose our sense of empathy…. ? why can’t we feel the pains of others?

        January 9th, 2013 4:14 am Reply
  • KC Schnitker via Facebook

    Whoa. That’s just horrible.

    January 7th, 2013 1:37 pm Reply
  • jt

    I’ve been looking for more information about this, but there seems to be no primary source. As far as I can tell there is no story on La Voix, which is the source all the other reports on the web seem to be referencing.

    Does *anyone* have a link or information leading to the original report? Please please let me know. Until I can find that I have to assume that this is a hoax.

    January 7th, 2013 1:11 pm Reply
  • rachel

    thank you so much for sharing this…

    January 7th, 2013 12:21 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    I have been a person who usually looks at a situation and try to give people the benefit of the doubt. More and more situations are coming up though that I think pure evil intent when I see what is on. It grieves my heart to no end for what these families and these children are going through. I looked with skepticism this morning at the report on the morning news about the children that have died from the flu this season. How many were already vaccinated? How many were immune system compromised? Why am I wasting my time watching the news shows when I am becoming so skeptical about what they are really reporting? Thank you for reporting this and bringing it to our attention.

    January 7th, 2013 12:15 pm Reply
  • Lisa Edwards Berteaux via Facebook

    Why else would a company based in France test a vaccine in Africa? The same reason America did it with a temporary AIDS medication, to test the effects on a population of people who may be desperate and unknowing of the facts. Human Experimentation.

    January 7th, 2013 12:13 pm Reply
  • Lisa Edwards Berteaux via Facebook

    Why else would a company based in France test a vaccine in Africa? The same reason America did it with a temporary AIDS medication, to test the effects on a population of people who may be desperate and unknowing of the facts. Human Experimentation.

    January 7th, 2013 12:13 pm Reply
  • Lisa Edwards Berteaux via Facebook

    Sounds like live human experimentation to me. Wouldn’t be the first time.

    January 7th, 2013 12:01 pm Reply
  • Rene Whitehurst via Facebook

    Yuck. I wonder if they were testing the vaccines on these children:(

    January 7th, 2013 11:51 am Reply
  • Charlotte Aimee Gillbanks via Facebook

    Thank you for spreading the story!

    January 7th, 2013 11:47 am Reply
  • Stacey Gorham via Facebook


    January 7th, 2013 11:44 am Reply
  • Pavil, the Uber Noob

    Can commercially backed trials be trusted? The big lesson from the tobacco trials is that science is for sale.

    Ciao, Pavil

    January 7th, 2013 11:38 am Reply
  • Julianne Ortiz via Facebook

    forget the doctors being liable, THey just need to take these drugs off the shelf

    January 7th, 2013 11:28 am Reply
  • Jennifer Dayley via Facebook

    India, Marilyn. This stuff doesn’t get reported in main stream media, & there are more & more of them. Same as more than 3/4 of measles, chicken pox, & whooping cough cases are vaccinated kids. It’s pathetic :(

    January 7th, 2013 11:27 am Reply
  • Marilyn Rose via Facebook

    I thought it was the polio vaccine–or was that in India?

    January 7th, 2013 11:21 am Reply
  • Mike Tara McMillan via Facebook

    glad you are on this one- i read it over the weekend. When are doctors going to be held liable for this?

    January 7th, 2013 11:18 am Reply
    • dingo199

      Well 45 million kids have been vaccinated, and thousands fewer have developed fatal meningitis than would normally be expected in an epidemic season. And there are 40 cases of what appears to be mass hysteria simulating paralysis, and an unverified claim parents were paid.

      Yes, when are the doctors going to be held liable (for saving all these lives)?

      June 12th, 2013 6:15 pm Reply
  • Leslie

    Drug trials in developing countries have soared in recent years because those countries don’t have policies or laws in place to address the problem of participants’ illiteracy and poor understanding of consequences. Google ‘vaccine trials Africa’ and there are lots of hits citing poor or useless outcomes for these undertakings. The main beneficiary is the drug company: either being able to sell product, or having real data on human response to their drug–without the consequences.

    January 7th, 2013 11:18 am Reply

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