Millions of children are at greater risk of contracting preventable illness
Over the last century, nothing impacted the lives of millions of children like vaccines. Vaccines have reduced polio by 99% since 1988. They have eradicated smallpox. And soon, they could be a critical tool for helping to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
But for many of the world’s children the hope of a vaccine, and its protection from diseases isn’t guaranteed. Two-thirds of the world’s children living in conflict zones aren’t immunized. It’s those children who are in real danger of dying, not from the direct impacts of war, but from disease and malnutrition. A new report by Save the Children
shows diseases like measles, polio, cholera, pneumonia, yellow fever and diphtheria, for which safe and effective vaccines exist, are gripping children in conflict as continued fighting undermines efforts to vaccinate them.
COVID-19 has compounded the situation for children living in conflict zones, causing the suspension of immunisation programs in more than 60 countries.
As a result, 80 million more children under one are at increased risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases. In the four months to August alone, 50 million children missed out on polio vaccinations.
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fled Myanmar in 2017 with her two children. Back in Myanmar, the family was routinely discriminated against, fell ill often, and couldn’t afford healthcare.