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As Measles Cases Surge, Vaccines Are the Best Way to Keep Kids Safe
Measles anywhere is a threat everywhere. That's why UNICEF vaccinated 28.9 million children against the potentially deadly virus in 2019.
How Tetanus Vaccines Give Newborns a Fighting Chance in Yemen
UNICEF and partners are working to protect mothers and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.
Polio Vaccinators Build Trust to Protect Children in Pakistan
Experienced vaccinators are changing attitudes and protecting children in even the hardest-to-reach parts of Pakistan.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo Eliminates MNT
Babies in the DRC are no longer at risk of contracting tetanus, thanks to immunization and education campaigns by UNICEF and partners.
Born a Refugee, Mohammad Is Growing Up Healthy, Thanks to UNICEF
UNICEF and partners make sure that children in Jordan's Azraq Refugee Camp get the immunizations they need to stay strong.
In the DRC, a Mother Helps a Village Fight Polio
After a neighbor's child was paralyzed by polio, Rachel took her kids to be immunized — and convinced other parents to do the same.
Turning Doubters Into Defenders To Fight Measles in the Philippines
Information and immunization campaigns aim to reverse plummeting vaccine coverage rates.
With Help From UNICEF and Partners, Chad Eliminates MNT
Chad is the latest country to officially eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). Only 13 countries remain at risk.
Americans Who Never Forget: Life Without Vaccines
Three lives touched by vaccine-preventable disease, one message: don't take immunization for granted.
Why Vaccines Matter in 2019
Misinformation and distrust are fueling vaccine hesitancy, and vaccine-preventable diseases are on the rise as a result.
Team Vaccine: Immunizing Every Child Is a Global Group Effort
Parents, vaccinators, volunteers and kids can all play vital roles in a vaccine's journey.
Immunization Under Fire
UNICEF vaccinates nearly half the world's children, including those growing up in conflict zones. But there is much more work to be done.
Alarming Global Surge of Measles Cases Is a Wake-Up Call
UNICEF and partners know there is only one way to protect children from contracting this potentially fatal disease: Vaccinate them.
Vaccines Save Lives
Measles was eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. Now it's back and on the rise, fueled by vaccine hesitancy and a lack of awareness.
If Vaccine Rates Keep Falling, These Diseases Could Make a Comeback
We have reason to fear the latest outbreaks of preventable diseases: Vaccination rates are waning, and they are critical to disease control.
Two Drops of Patience: UNICEF and Rotary's Fight to Eradicate Polio
See how far Patience Asiimwe will go to make sure every child in Uganda is protected from polio — with help from Rotary and UNICEF.
Kenya Eliminates MNT: A Huge Win for Mothers and Babies
Through partnerships and continued commitment, Kenya is about to become the latest country to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).
A Retired Teacher Champions Women and Children Threatened by Tetanus
A leader among fundraisers in the global fight against maternal and neonatal tetanus talks about what moved her to take action.
Health Workers Get Creative to Vaccinate Hard-to-Reach Kids
During World Immunization Week 2018, we honor the men and women who are heroes in the global fight against preventable diseases.
Anjali Nair, Student Leader, Engages Her Campus on Vaccination
When Anjali came to the University of Georgia, she founded a UNICEF Campus Club. Now, she reaches out to her community about vaccination.
Ridding the World of Rotavirus, One Dose at a Time
See how far we've come in the fight against rotavirus, the deadliest diarrheal disease in children under five. But more needs to be done
Good News for Moms and Babies: the Philippines Has Eliminated MNT
UNICEF and partners combined education and immunization to fight maternal neonatal tetanus, an excruciating, completely preventable disease.
Overcoming Obstacles to Polio Eradication in Pakistan
Thirty years ago, there were 350,000 new cases of polio. This year, there are just 11.
The Fight Against Polio: Why Rotary Is Investing in Zero and Beyond
We’re so close to eradicating polio. Here’s what we need to do to finish the job.
Haiti Eliminates MNT, a Killer of Mothers and Babies
At long last, UNICEF and partners have won the fight against maternal and neonatal tetanus in Haiti — and the entire Western Hemisphere.
Ethiopia Scores Huge Health Win for Mothers and Babies
With UNICEF's help, Ethiopia becomes the 42nd nation to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, a cruel, centuries-old disease, since 2000.
6 Ways the Fight Against Polio Is Transforming Global Health
Innovative methods and a disease-fighting infrastructure developed to end polio are creating lasting impact in other areas of public health.
A Huge Milestone for Moms and Babies
After a sharp drop in cases of maternal and neonatal tetanus, we look at our success stories and challenges in battling the "silent killer."
Job's Story in 360: Join Us on the Road to Making Polio History
Meet Job, one of the last children in Kenya to contract polio, in our 360 / VR film narrated by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ewan McGregor.
The Caveat to the Americas' Victory Against Measles: Keep Vaccinating
Measles elimination in The Americas is great news — but it doesn't mean the disease is gone for good.
Spread the News! Vaccines Save 3 Million Kids' Lives a Year
For Immunization Week 2017, learn why vaccines are one of the effective ways to ensure children around the world can survive and thrive.
How to Save 1.5 Million Lives a Year? Vaccinate the World's Children!
Vaccines are startlingly effective in reducing child deaths. Meet some of the children who benefit from them.
A Big Win for Mothers in a Small Country: Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea eliminates MNT, bringing the world one step closer to victory against a cruel killer of mothers and newborns.
Building on Polio — Strengthening the Immunization System in Chad
The world is so close to eradicating polio. But with three new cases in neighboring Nigeria, Chad is taking no chances.
On World Polio Day, Join Us on the Road to Making Polio History
One day. One focus. Ending polio. Watch our 360 / VR Film narrated by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ewan McGregor.
How UNICEF Works to Stop Tetanus, One Country at a Time
A UNICEF doctor tells how the painful disease of maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) is eliminated — one country at a time.
The Frontline Worker Who Helped Guide Niger to MNT Elimination
A huge milestone in the global fight against an excruciating killer. This is Aichatou's story. She helped make it possible.
MNT Milestone: A Deadly Disease Eliminated in Indonesia
A country has eliminated the preventable scourge of maternal and neonatal tetanus — but in 20 more, the battle continues.
An Immunization Campaign Begins in Syria Amid Violence
Conflict is the biggest obstacle to vaccinating children. Recent attacks make reaching at-risk youth more urgent.
Infographic: 1.5 Million Kids Don't Get the Vaccines They Need. Why?
Millions of children all over the world aren't getting the vaccines they need. Why?
How to Close the Immunization Gap? Summon the Spirit of Jim Grant
Two decades after the death of UNICEF's visionary leader, the solution may well lie in the answer to the question 'What would Jim Grant do?'
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Partner Blog Post: Reflections from Ghana
Reflections from Ghana, where UNICEF works to sustain maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination.
Journey to a Polio-Free World: Africa's Extraordinary Achievement
UPDATE: Nigeria marks two years without a single case. Watch our short film on a major step toward a polio-free world.
Journey to a Polio-Free Africa: Nigeria's Eradication Milestone
Home to half the world's cases just three years ago, Nigeria is no longer polio-endemic. Watch our short film to see how it happened.
Cambodian Mothers Dream Easier as the Country Defeats Tetanus
A deadly childhood disease finally loses its grip on Cambodia as the country is certified MNT-free.
India Celebrates a Lifesaving Victory in its War Against Tetanus
India's gain brings the world one giant step closer to global elimination of MNT.
Nigeria Reaches Important Milestone in Fight to End Polio
The deadly and debilitating disease, once endemic in Nigeria, is one step closer to being eradicated.
Infographic: Vaccines Work
Vaccines are one of the cheapest ways to save lives—so why aren't more children getting immunized?
Blog from the Field: Kite String Connects Us All
Guest Blog Post by Chris Varnau, Associate Campaign Director for The Eliminate Project at Kiwanis International
World Polio Day: Celebrating Big Achievements
Thanks to a 26-year effort to eradicate polio, at least 10 million children have been saved from disabilities.
In Madagascar, a Once-Feared Disease Is No More
Madagascar is the latest country—there are 35 since 1999—to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus with UNICEF's support.
How to Eliminate a Killer of Mothers and Children in Haiti
The Eliminate Project is raising funds to eliminate MNT in 25 countries where it still kills mothers and babies.
Immunization is one of the most cost-effective public health investments.
Infographic: $1.80 Saves a Child from Tetanus
Tetanus is an excruciating disease, but an easy and cheap one to prevent.
How India Won the Battle Against Polio
How India won the battle against polio.
The Journey to a Polio-Free India
India’s story is an important lesson on the journey to global eradication.
Inside Syria: First Polio Outbreak Since 1999
The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed 10 cases of polio yesterday.
Immunization can help end preventable deaths
World Immunization Week aims to raise awareness about immunization.
Newsnet: Zimbabwe's Cholera Crisis
Zimbabwe's raging cholera epidemic is one of the world's largest.
Celebrate World Polio Day 2014
Join Rotary for a live-streamed global status update on the fight to end polio on Friday, October 24.