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Interactive: India’s Journey to Polio Eradication

Timeline preview - India Polio

— In March, the World Health Organization officially certified India as polio-free — one of history’s great public health achievements. Just five years ago, India accounted for half of polio cases worldwide. This interactive timeline explains how India won the battle against the dreaded disease. Polio is highly infectious and especially prevalent in areas where inadequate […]

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Chicago Young Ambassadors Support the Elimination of MNT

UNICEF’s Young Ambassadors are supporting the Midwest Region’s two-year campaign to raise $3 million for The Eliminate Project. From left to right: Brendan Buckley, Laney Buckley, Dr. Rownak Khan, Aidan Luce, Abby Dietlin, Gwyn Brown. Photo: Nelly Ingraham.

— Dr. Rownak Khan, Senior Health Specialist with UNICEF, visited UNICEF supporters in Chicago on January 30 to talk about eliminating Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) — a deadly disease that kills one newborn every nine minutes. In July 2013, the Midwest Regional Board of the U.S. Fund of UNICEF launched a two-year campaign to raise […]

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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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A Good Meal and a Good Cause


— When planning your festive affairs this week, consider a special and fun opportunity to make an immediate difference this holiday season. All this week, when you dine at the renowned Michael’s—both the restaurant in New York and the one in Santa Monica—you can help support UNICEF’s measles vaccination efforts. All week, at both locations, there will be a UNICEF card on every table encouraging diners to add a dollar contribution to their check.

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Immunization can help end preventable deaths

Children receive measles shots during a national measles campaign outside a vaccination center in Mitundu township in Linlongwe distric in Malawi. © UNICEF /MLWB2010-121/Shehzad Noorani

— This week is the first ever World Immunization Week—an international event created to raise awareness about the importance of immunization. Besides the protection that immunization gives against childhood and maternal illnesses, it is also important to vaccinate during an emergency: like a war, a natural disaster, or a refugee crisis.
UNICEF is the world’s largest buyer of vaccines for the world’s poorest countries. In 2010, UNICEF supplied 2.5 billion doses of vaccines to 99 countries, and reached 58% of the world’s children. But still, an estimated 1.7 million children died from vaccine-preventable diseases in 2008 before reaching their fifth birthday.

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12 Days of UNICEF : Day 7, Selena Gomez

12 Days of UNICEF: Selena Gomez

— UNICEF Inspired Gifts are actual lifesaving items that you can purchase in honor of a loved one. Measles, for instance, kills more than 600 children every day, yet these deaths can be so easily avoided. Those who are lucky enough to survive may be left with life-long disabilities that can include blindness and brain damage. Fortunately, there’s a safe and easy answer. Just $24 will provide vaccines to immunize 80 children and keep them safe from this terrible disease.

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