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As Polio Spreads to Iraq , UNICEF & WHO Aim to Immunize 20 Million Children

10-day-old Mohammed receives his immunization against polio at a UNICEF-supported health center in the Domiz camp for Syrian refugees in Iraq.

— Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt early this month, aiming to reach more than 20 million children. For Iraq, this will be the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio was confirmed by the Ministry of Health in March in a six-month-old boy from Rusafa, northern Baghdad. “The recent detection […]

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Interactive: India’s Journey to Polio Eradication

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— To mark World Immunization Week, we’d like to recognize one of history’s great public health achievements: the eradication of polio in India. Just five years ago, India accounted for half of polio cases worldwide, but in March 2014, the World Health Organization officially certified India as polio-free. This interactive timeline explains how India won the battle […]

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Infographic: Vaccines Work

— This World Immunization Week, UNICEF is highlighting one of the most cost-effective public health investments — vaccines. Vaccines have helped to cut child deaths in half over the last two decades. Yet today, 1.5 million children under five still die every year from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines. Learn more in this […]

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UNICEF Report: Children Under Siege in Syria

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— Donate Now The number of Syrian children who need humanitarian assistance has more than doubled in a year — according to a new report published today by UNICEF. The most hard hit: up to a million children trapped in areas of Syria that are under siege or are hard to reach because of violence. Under […]

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India Celebrates Major Milestone in Polio Eradication

A child receives the polio vaccine in a slum in Mumbai, india. © UNICEF/INDA2012-00433/Sandeep Biswas

— Once considered the most stubborn of breeding grounds for polio, India reached a major milestone today, marking three years since its last-reported polio case. Without a single new infection in the past two years, India can claim to be polio-free. Nicole Deutsch, head of polio operations for UNICEF in India, called it a “monumental milestone”. […]

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New Report: 11,000 Children Killed in Syria Since 2011

Children at the Kawergosk camp for Syrian refugees, just west of Erbil, Iraq. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1015/ALESSIO ROMENZI

— 11,420 children have been killed in Syria’s conflict over the last 30 months according to a report released yesterday by the London-based Oxford Research Group. The report, Stolen Futures: The Hidden Toll of Child Casualties in Syria, details the extent to which children are this war’s true victims, often deliberately targeted for killing. Seven out […]

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