Today, thousands of children will die from diseases that are easy to prevent
Deadly diseases like measles, polio, tetanus, tuberculosis, diphtheria and whooping cough are all easily and cheaply preventable by vaccination. Yet every day, 16,000 children under five die, usually because they don’t get the health care and life-saving vaccines they need.
Unicef provides vaccines to immunise one in three of the world’s children against preventable diseases, and with our partners support immunisation programmes in over 95 countries to keep children safe.
Since 1980, Unicef has helped quadruple immunisation rates for children worldwide, saving up to 3 million children’s lives a year.
Today more children are protected than ever before, but there is still more work to be done.
We protect children from malaria, too
Malaria is one of the greatest dangers for children in sub-Saharan Africa, killing one child every minute. Malaria is spread via mosquitos, so children in malaria countries are in most danger when they’re asleep. Malaria symptoms include fever, headache and vomiting. If not treated, malaria can be deadly.
There’s currently no malaria vaccine, but Unicef is one of the world’s largest distributors of mosquito nets to protect children from mosquito bites. In 2015 Unicef delivered 22.3 million mosquito nets to help keep millions of children and their families safe.