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For World Children's Day, kids who live in an orphanage in the southeast of Côte d'Ivoire jumped for joy when they were given the chance to take over their dance class. © UNICEF/UN0257542/Diarassouba

The Power of Sports and Play

It’s hard to imagine childhood without play. When they play, children learn how to explore, invent, create and collaborate with others. Those skills help them when they are very young as they make friends and learn how to be in the world.

UNICEF-supported polio worker Afia (name changed), 19, vaccinates a child in an old military barrack in Afghanistan in March 2018.

Immunization Under Fire

Almost 8 million unvaccinated or under-immunized children live in fragile or humanitarian settings, including countries affected by conflict.

A UNICEF-supported health worker vaccinates a child against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) at the 9 Mile Health Clinic in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in March 2019.

Alarming Global Surge of Measles Cases Is a Wake-Up Call

More contagious than Ebola, tuberculosis or influenza, the potentially deadly measles virus is on the rise. Globally, measles cases increased by 48.1 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to data on 194 countries from the World Health Organization.

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 in February 2019.

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.