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Convention on the Rights of the Child


Every child has a right to health and health services.

UNICEF Image: Infographic on Immunization: Since 1988 Polio cases worldwide have decreased by more than 99%. #endpolio
Every child has a right to health and health services.

Huge achievements have been made in eliminating polio, a crippling and potentially fatal disease that mainly affects children under the age of five. The number of polio cases worldwide has decreased by more than 99 per cent, from 350,000 in 1988 to 417 cases in 2013.

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In Kabul, an all-out effort to stop the spread of polio (with video)
In February 2014, a young girl in Kabul was found to be infected with the polio virus, the first case in the Afghan capital since 2002. As an immediate response, UNICEF and its partners launched an emergency campaign to stop the virus from spreading, sending volunteers door-to-door to provide oral polio vaccine and stepping up vaccinations at entry points into Kabul.

In Kenya, protecting against a silent killer (with video)
Today, Aliaphonse will go for her 'chanjo' – the vaccination against tetanus that will protect her and the babies she might have from a highly fatal, preventable killer.

Pampers and UNICEF unveil ground-breaking achievements in the fight against maternal and newborn tetanus (Press release)

Saving moms and babies – UNICEF and Pampers P&G partnership delivers (blog post)

Polio eradication in Pakistan gets the selfie treatment (blog post)



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