One child dies every 20 seconds from vaccine-preventable diseases. Almost one third of deaths among children under 5 are preventable by vaccine. UNICEF are working to change these numbers and ensure that the lives of all children are successfully protected with vaccines.
UNICEF reaches more children with lifesaving immunization than any other organization - around half the world's children. Research and Markets' support is focused on the immunization of children against polio and measles.
Polio can cause crippling paralysis or death within hours of infection. There is no cure but the polio vaccine is safe and effective and saves young lives. With the support of Research and Markets, UNICEF is closer to eradicating this highly infectious and incurable disease.
Every year, measles kills approximately 118,000 children worldwide. That's more than 300 children every day. Measles survivors are often left with life-long disabilities, such as blindness, deafness or brain damage. Research and Markets' support enables UNICEF to vaccinate some of the world's most vulnerable children against this deadly disease.