PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 23 October 2013 - A health worker marks the finger of a girl to indicate that she has been vaccinated against polio, in Sindh Province of Pakistan. With infections reduced by 99 per cent since 1988, fewer children now suffer from the vaccine-preventable disease. Still, Pakistan is one of three countries where the virus remains endemic. Held annually on 24 October, World Polio Day focuses attention on the need for continued action to eradicate the disease. ©UNICEF/Asad Zaidi
Lenny Kravitz: "Are you with me?" --- 4-year-old Shahadad was infected with polio when he was only 2. The brutal fact is that it could have been prevented. Lenny Kravitz wants you to know that we can end polio in our lifetime if we work together and immunize every child. polioinfo.org/
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 9 January 2013 --- In December 2012, targeted attacks killed nine polio vaccination workers in Pakistan. Going door-to-door to ensure every child is reached, vaccinators – who are often women and community volunteers – face myriad risks. Their work remains critical to polio eradication in Pakistan, one of only three countries where the disease is still endemic. Vaccinators traverse floodwaters during a immunization campaign. ©UNICEF/Asad Zaidi www.unicef.org/...
VIDEO REPORT: Chad has one of the lowest rates of access to safe drinking water and sanitation services in the world. The result has been recurrent outbreaks of diseases like polio, meningitis and cholera. While access to safe water and sanitation is improving in urban areas, children in rural areas are almost always at risk. Join UNICEF correspondent Guy Hubbard as he reports on a UNICEF programme that is improving sanitation in rural Chad. - Read more: uni.cf/Jesux8
VIDEO REPORT: In Pakistan, religious leaders help change misconceptions about the polio vaccine The first-ever World Immunization Week takes place from 21-28 April 2012. UNICEF offices around the world are engaging in immunization campaigns and raising awareness about the importance of vaccines to child survival. UNICEF is the world’s largest buyer of vaccines for the world’s poorest countries, and has been supplying vaccines to children for over 50 years. Learn more: uni.cf/I93Kby
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 23 April 2012 - Immunization programmes by UNICEF and its partners save more children from disease than any other public health intervention. World Immunization Week – 21–28 April 2012 – calls for sustaining this commitment to reach even the most marginalized children. Vaccinating against polio, in Logone Occidental Region of Chad. 2011 ©UNICEF/Patricia Esteve - www.unicef.org
Photo of the Week: Ethiopia is again polio-free. It was first free of polio in 2001, but new cases emerged in 2005, the result of an importation of the virus from Nigeria. By 2010, UNICEF-supported immunization campaigns halted polio’s spread in Ethiopia. But, all children must be reached; polio’s presence anywhere in the world remains a threat. Children of the semi-nomadic, agro-pastoralist Karo tribe, in South Omo Zone. - 2005©UNICEF/Getachew
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 13 February 2012 - Over 100,000 children in Chad’s Sahel belt suffer from malnutrition, the result of food shortages and rising prices, poverty and ongoing conflict. Conflict also contributes to health and educational risks for children; Chad, once free of polio, suffered 134 cases in 2011 after the polio virus was reimported. Throughout the country, UNICEF supports programmes in nutrition, health, education and protection. A UNICEF-supported kindergarten in N’Djamena. ©UNICEF/Patricia Esteve To learn more: www.unicef.org/ph...