Real lives

Traditional Chief Gado Sabo supports immunization – in his own words
Religious and traditonal leaders in Africa command tremendous trust in their communities.  UNICEF believes these leaders have an irreplaceable role to play in reaching the un-reached – and building trust in, and demand for, life-saving health care for children. Here, a traditional chief in Niger explains how he gets the message out about immunization to his community.

On polio’s last frontier in Pakistan
“Come on, it’s not far now,” laughed 19 year-old Falaknaz. We followed her cautiously up the treacherous, muddy path leading to her village, on Pakistan’s North West Frontier province. Behind us, the green mountains of the Afghan border lay shadowed by the burning heat of late afternoon.

Tears of joy
UNICEF has earmarked reducing Angola’s awful child mortality rates and rebuilding basic health services as critical goals in this war-torn country. Angola’s National Measles Campaign is a powerful first step towards both.

Immunizing Angola’s children against measles
Following the outstanding success of the first phase of Angola’s National Measles Campaign, UNICEF embarked on immunizing almost half of Angola’s child population in phase two.

UNICEF reaches out to all of Angola’s children in National Measles Campaign
Angola’s National Measles Campaign has arrived at its most challenging stage: accessing and vaccinating millions of people in remote corners of the country, cut off by rains and the devastation of war.

Immunization saves lives
As work begins on long-term support to the health system to make sure basic immunization is revitalized, UNICEF and WHO are working with national and local health officials on two major vaccination campaigns to protect children from crippling and deadly diseases.