Vaccinate a child

Each year 1.5 million children die from easily preventable diseases. Donate now and provide urgently needed vaccines.


About this appeal

Each year 1.5 million children die from easily preventable diseases, such as measles, pneumonia and polio. This is tragic, when you consider a vaccine starting from just a few cents can stop these children from dying.

Syria | ©Unicef/UN060913
Syria | ©Unicef/UN060913

A UNICEF health worker vaccinates 5-year-old Yousef and his 3-year-old brother Samir in Aleppo city. Immunisation is crucial for children living in war zones, as outbreaks of diseases can quickly escalate into lethal epidemics.

Sadly, it’s the children who need vaccines the most that continue to be the least likely to receive them. These are children affected by war and disaster. Children living in remote and hard-to-reach areas. And children from developing countries.

It’s urgent that we reach these children with life-saving protection. Just $25 can protect 5 children against deadly diseases.

Please donate now and provide urgently needed vaccines.


How will you help

Vaccines are the most simple, low-cost and effective way of safeguarding a child’s health. They act as a shield, protecting children and newborn babies from dangerous diseases and saving up to 3 million lives each year.

Your life-saving donation will provide urgently needed vaccines to children all around the world, from the Pacific, to the Congo, Yemen and more.

Samoa | ©UNICEF/UNI232405
Samoa | ©UNICEF/UNI232405

Nine-year-old Senerita receives a measles vaccination in Leauvaa Village, as part of a UNICEF-supported National Vaccination Campaign.

You’ll be helping protect children from deadly and often debilitating diseases, such as measles, pneumonia and polio.

Every donation you make will help save lives and setup children for a brighter, healthier future.

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Appeal updates

1.8 million children miss out on vaccines in the Democratic Republic of Congo each year.

Published on Thu Jan 30 2020

UNICEF Health worker Nsiri Lowoso vaccinates Zoe, age 3 months, with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and the polio vaccine, as his mom, Arellete holds him.

Despite significant progress in vaccination rates, the Democratic Republic of Congo still has one of the highest rates of child mortality worldwide, as 1.8 million children miss out on a full course of vaccines every year.

It's vital that children in the DRC recieve urgent protection against deadly diseases like measles.

Please donate now and help provide life-saving vaccines.

Miss Pacific Islands helps vaccinate Samoa's children

Published on Tue Dec 10 2019

Miss Pacific Islands 2019/Miss Samoa, Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu is also a registered nurse. She's been helping administer measles vaccines to children in Samoa, such as four-year-old Caleb in Vaitele.

A child dies of pneumonia every 39 seconds.

Published on Mon Dec 09 2019

Pneumonia is the single biggest infectious killer of children, claiming the lives of more than 800,000 children under the age of 5 every year.

Nigerian children make up the highest number of those dying, with an estimated 162,000 deaths annually. Almost all of these deaths are preventable, through vaccines, proper nutrition and a safe environment.

Please donate now and help protect children from this deadly disease. Each donation you make will help UNICEF provide life-saving vaccines to children who need it most.

Immunising kids and boosting immune systems in Samoa

Published on Thu Dec 05 2019

Registered Nurse Vaipou Fainu’u gives Tiresa (7 months) a Vitamin A supplement at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital, Samoa.

Along with providing urgently needed measles vaccines to ensure children are immunised (the only way to ensure children are protected against measles), UNICEF are also supporting children with Vitamin A supplements to boost their immune systems and help enhance their overall wellbeing.

Measles explained: why this disease is so deadly for children

Published on Wed Nov 27 2019

What is measles?

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs that spreads when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. It is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable deaths amongst children.

What are the symptoms of measles?

Measles symptoms usually appear 10–12 days after infection. The virus causes fever and a distinctive rash that starts on the face and spreads over the whole body. Severe cases can lead to blindness, encephalitis (brain swelling) and death.

Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of getting measles and suffering complications, including death.

How contagious is measles?

Measles is more contagious than Ebola, and lingers in the air and on surfaces for long periods of time. You can catch measles simply by being in the same room as someone infected with measles - even two hours after the person left.

How is measles treated?

There are no specific treatments for measles, only measures to help alleviate the symptoms. Getting the measles vaccine is the best way to protect against the virus.

How is measles prevented?

Immunisation is the only effective method of prevention for measles. Yet diseases like measles are so contagious that around 95% of the population need to be fully vaccinated (two doses) against it to prevent sustained outbreaks. This is why it is so important that everyone who can be vaccinated is immunised urgently.

Your support will give children

  • Life-saving Immunisation

  • Improved Health

  • Protection

  • Brighter Futures

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