The big picture

Children have the power to change the world, yet every year millions of children under five lose their lives to diseases like measles, tuberculosis and pneumonia. That’s why UNICEF is declaring war on this deadly enemy.

Our not so secret, secret weapon? Vaccines. We already supply them to almost half the world’s childrenand now we’re recruiting an army of supporters so we can do even more.

5 lives

are saved every minute of every day by vaccines.

1.5 million

children still die each year because they haven't received the right vaccines.

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Vaccines: the facts

They work

Vaccines save lives.

Before the measles vaccine was introduced in 1963 the disease caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.

Since 2000, 2.5 billion children have received the polio vaccine and the number of cases has fallen by more than 99%.

With your help, we can beat these diseases for good.

They're cheap

And getting cheaper. With UNICEF efforts, the price for a number of essential childhood vaccines has reached all-time lows.

The cost of vaccines to fully vaccinate a child against:

Measles = 66p

Polio = 14p

Tetanus = 11p


They're an investment in the future

Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective health tools ever invented. Every £1 spent provides £44 in social and economic benefits.

When children stay healthy, they can go to school and grow up to become active members of their community.

100 million people are pushed into poverty every year by medical costs that could be avoided in part by vaccination.

We’ll do whatever it takes

UNICEF is the world’s best-placed organisation to win the War on Disease. We provide more vaccines for children than anyone else, going to extreme lengths to reach the most remote places on earth. 

The Cold Chain

Scroll right to see how we deliver vaccines to the most remote places on earth, by any means.

Lost vaccines

Vaccines have to be kept cold to remain safe and effective. Many are lost because they aren’t kept at the right temperature.

Cold storage

UNICEF uses special cold storage boxes to keep vaccines cool as they are transported to where they’re needed most.

UNICEF's heroes

UNICEF’s heroes on the ground are prepared to do whatever it takes to get vaccines to the most remote places on earth.

Papua New Guinea

A UNICEF car loaded with polio vaccines drives through a river to reach a remote community in Kavieng.


A female vaccinator travels by reindeer to a remote area of the ‘Soum’ district. She’s carrying a cold box full measles and rubella vaccines.

DR Congo

A community health worker crosses a water stream with his bike to vaccinate the most distant children in the health zone of Manono.


UNICEF staff cross the river to monitor vaccinations activities in Ampasimena in the remote Anosy region.


Mamadou Kassé, a vaccinator at the Sofara community health centre, travels by donkey cart to reach families waiting with children in the remote Kankelena village.


Five-year-old Pashmina proudly shows the ink mark on the tip of her finger. It proves that she has been vaccinated against measles.

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With you, UNICEF can win the fight

To win a war like this takes a team of amazing people. From the global staff who help deliver campaigns that vaccinate thousands of children at once, to UNICEF-trained community health workers on the frontline. But we need one more person to join the team – you.

children in Yemen show off their arms to show they have been vaccinated

Children in Aden, Yemen proudly show off the spots on their arms where they were vaccinated during a mobile measles and rubella vaccination campaign backed by UNICEF.

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Disease is on the attack – we need your help to fight back

We’re doing everything we can, but things like conflict, disaster, and poverty cause 20 million children to miss out on essential vaccines every year.

Growing mistrust in the life-saving force of vaccines is leaving more and more children vulnerable. Cases of measles have risen 300% in the last year alone. Even the UK has now lost its measles-free status.

There can be no more casualties. We must stand up to disease now before it’s too late.

A child receives a measles vaccine

Measles, a dangerous and highly contagious viral infection, is particularly lethal in children under five. All it takes is two simple injections to protect a child for life.

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