Why do two million children still die every year from diseases that could have been prevented at a cost of less than $30 per child? UNICEF in action examines what the organization and its partners are doing in the area of immunization to ensure every child’s right to be protected against preventable diseases and to meet the Millennium Development Goals of reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and reversing the spread of killer diseases.
This section examines the goals, progress and challenges in the key areas of:
Features in this section illustrate some of the challenges vaccinators face in reaching children in distant or dangerous locales: travelling over difficult-to-navigate roads to remote villages in Laos, riding donkeys over rugged mountains in Afghanistan and avoiding danger in conflict situations. Interviews with UNICEF experts address the complexities of guaranteeing vaccine supply and maintaining the cold chain to preserve the potency of vaccines during transport and storage. First-person accounts relate how UNICEF is working with governments, health workers and community leaders to encourage parents to immunize their children.