UNICEF in action
UNICEF is a global leader in vaccine supply, reaching 40% of the world’s children. One quarter of UNICEF’s global budget – over $300 million in 2003 – is spent on vaccines and immunization.
UNICEF is a global leader in vaccine supply, reaching 40% of the world’s children. One quarter of UNICEF’s global budget – over $300 million in 2003 – is spent on vaccines and immunization.We devote these resources to immunization because of the devastating consequences of not vaccinating: preventable child deaths; the immense social costs of disease; the re-emergence of infectious diseases that were once under control; and the spread of diseases to countries and continents where they had been eliminated.
In 2003, UNICEF shipped vaccines worth US$3.7 million to 14 countries in the region to protect children against disease. The value of the vaccines ranged from just over US$6,000 in Kazakhstan, to almost US$700,000 in Uzbekistan. We work with national governments, WHO, NGOs, the World Bank, Gates Foundation, and the vaccine industry to tackle challenges in vaccine research, production, supply, immunization programme funding and delivery.
Georgia: Nationwide communication campaign on timely immunization kicks off 27/02/07
Turkmenistan: The cold-chain: Private sector partnership sets innovative example for the region 14/02/07
Uzbekistan: Measles immunization campaign targets over 620,000 young people in Tashkent 15/12/06
Government of Turkmenistan is committed to give the best start in life for children
Azerbaijan immunisation campaign launched by President
AZERBAIJAN: campaign to protect three million against measles and rubella
Turkey: 8 million children to be immunized in one month
Governments welcome WHO/UNICEF immunization strategy
Mass immunization campaign in Kazakhstan
Climbing every mountain: Tajikistan measles campaign