UNICEF, together with the Kenya Ministry of Health and WHO, has launched a vaccination campaign for children living around the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. 

We're planning to vaccinate over two million children under five against measles and polio, together with Vitamin A and deworming tablets.

This is part of a regional push to ensure all children in drought-affected areas are vaccinated. Although treatable in the UK, measles can be deadly for malnourished children.

Last week, we gave vaccines to over 85,000 mothers and children in Southern Somalia, where vaccination coverage is just 26 per cent - one of the lowest rates in the world. 

In the Gedo region, preparations are ongoing for the measles, Vitamin A and de-worming and tentanus toxoid campaign planned in 6 districts to reach over 125,000 children and young women.

Provided access is ensured, we hope to reach a total of 2.5 million children in the region.

 
A toddler clings to his mother as they queue for a food distribution in the Badbado camp in Mogadishu, Somalia. © UNICEF/2011/Kate Holt/
A toddler clings to his mother as they queue for a food distribution in the Badbado camp in Mogadishu, Somalia.© UNICEF/2011/Kate Holt/

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