Vaccinate a child
About this appeal
Each year around 5 million children under 5 years die from largely preventable causes such as measles, pneumonia and polio+.
This is tragic, when you consider the cost of a lifesaving vaccine starts at just a few cents and it can protect children and stop them dying.
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 born in developing countries.
It’s urgent that we reach these children with life-saving protection. Just $25 can provide 50 doses of measles vaccine to protect children against this deadly disease*.
Please donate now and provide urgently needed vaccines.
Appeal information updated 2nd June 2021.
Your life-saving monthly donations will support this appeal for 6 months. After that they will go into our Global Parent fund to save and protect children worldwide.
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. Each year vaccines save between 2 to 3 million young lives*.
Your life-saving donation will provide urgently needed vaccines to children all around the world, from the Pacific, to the Congo, Yemen and more.
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.
Proud Vaccinator Youssouf Diarra has been protecting children in Mali for more than two decades.
Published on Thu May 27 2021
In rural Mali, UNICEF Community Vaccinator, Youssouf Diarra, whizzes round on his motorbike visiting families and vaccinating their children. He’s been protecting his community from diseases like measles for over 20 years.
"l found my first year on the job very difficult because the villagers were afraid of side effects and didn't trust vaccines.” Says Youssouf.
“Today, twenty years later, I can tell you that not only have things changed, but it is the parents themselves who come to me to asking for the vaccination schedule, just to make sure that their children do not miss their vaccination."
On his rounds, he stops by to see the family of 4-year old Aminata Fota.
Despite being vaccinated before she turned 1, little Aminata still contracted measles. She lost her appetite, her temperature started to rise and she develop spots on her face. Youssouf recognised the signs immediately and sent Aminata to the Community Health Centre to get treatment.
Luckily for Aminata, she recovered quickly after getting ill, and was ready for her second dose of measles vaccine.
“The second dose of VAR which was added to routine EPI (expanded Programme Immunisation) is really necessary. It gives the child a second chance to be protected against measles” says Youssouf.
"If these vaccines didn't exist, we would have had to invent them. They protect our children from disease, what’s more, they are free. Our parents were not so lucky, so let's take advantage and vaccinate our children" Says Oumar, Aminata's father.
The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the distribution of vaccines against deadly and highly contagious diseases such as measles and polio. Nonetheless, Mali UNICEF is supporting the Government which is also working hard to ensure that essential services such as immunization continue to be available.
In Mali, the immunization coverage rates increased from 39% in 2013 to 87% in 2020 among children aged 12 to 23 months.
This was as a result of new and innovative approaches such as:
• The creation of digital registers for vaccinated children, • The use of ambulant immunization teams to get to populations living in hard-to-reach areas, • The use of solar fridges to keep vaccines at an optimal temperature, • The setting up of vaccination sessions in places with large gatherings of people (markets, schools, mosques, and main bus stations) as well as, • The use of mobile phones to remind parents of their children's vaccination schedules.
"It is an honour for me to vaccinate the children of my community. I feel more pride when I see how far we have come over these last decades, getting vaccines accepted in our communities." says Youssouf.
Donate now to keep children, like Aminata, safe against measles and other deadly childhood diseases. __You can help protect children and save lives today. __
Measles explained: why this disease is so deadly for children
Published on Tue Jun 01 2021
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.
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