21 December 2022

A Massive Movement to Prevent Polio in Aceh

“Peace be upon you!” The voice of health worker Imran Nazmi breaks the tranquillity of a quiet morning in the Suka Makmur village in the Aceh Tamiang District. He speaks loudly and with a sense of urgency: “Polio is back! It is dangerous, easily transmitted and causes lifelong paralysis. Yet it is easy to prevent through vaccination.” Indonesia…, Staying committed through challenges , Health workers from Puskesmas Kejuruan Muda use a health promotion car to deliver vaccine confidence messages and go door-to-door to answer questions during the polio vaccine campaign in Sukamakmur Village, Aceh Tamiang Regency, on 13 December 2022. Health workers from Puskesmas Kejuruan Muda use a health promotion car to deliver vaccine…, Tackling vaccination fears , Health workers from Puskesmas Kejuruan Muda walk down a muddy road to go door-to-door to answer questions and build vaccine confidence in Sukamakmur Village, Aceh Tamiang Regency, on 13 December 2022. Health workers from Puskesmas Kejuruan Muda walk down a muddy road to go door-to-door to answer questions and build vaccine confidence in Sukamakmur…, The power of community engagement , Emeralda Aisha, UNICEF Social and Behaviour Change Officer, speaks with a Buddhist congregation during an event to promote polio vaccination in Aceh Tamiang District on 13 December 2022. Emeralda Aisha, UNICEF Social and Behaviour Change Officer, speaks with a Buddhist congregation during an event to promote polio vaccination in Aceh Tamiang…, How You Can Help, Thanks to your generous support and the cooperation of all stakeholders and local officials, UNICEF is able to ensure that routine immunization continues. The story above is an example that there are still many children who have not had access to polio immunization. Therefore, UNICEF continues to move to ensure that children are protected from…
06 October 2022

Madura’s historic breakthrough brings hope for children

As September approaches on the island of Madura, the leaves begin to fall, the grass dries up and the dust scatters in the wind. The arid soil and scant rainfall make the heat of the dry season feel even more oppressive.  Amid the unfriendly weather, Alfiatun, a middle-aged woman, shows up at a small mosque in Kalianget, Sumenep — one of four…, Aunties are the key , Since August, Alfiatun has been setting aside 20 to 30 minutes towards the end of her weekly sermon to provide information on immunization. UNICEF and the district government reached out to her for support before the launch of BIAN – a nationwide immunization catch up campaign to address the major backslide in immunization after COVID-19.   As a…, GRIDU: Breaking the iceberg , Alfiatun is not operating alone – there are nearly five thousand aunties like her in Sumenep who are advocating for child vaccination during BIAN as part of the GRIDU (Integrated Immunization Massive Action) initiative.  "GRIDU was taken from our local language which means noisy and boisterous, reflecting our massive and integrated action,"…, How You Can Help, Thanks to the generous support in Indonesia and the cooperation of the public and local officials, UNICEF is able to ensure that routine immunization continues. As many as 67 million children in the world have not received a single routine vaccine during the pandemic. Therefore, UNICEF continues to move to assure that children are protected from…