This Is The Impact You've Made By Earning Vaccines at IBI
UNICEF Canada recently sent out a newsletter highlighting the impact of donated vaccines. With over 350,000 vaccines earned by our Boosters so far, you’ve definitely changed lives around the world (all the while increasing your knowledge about vaccines!).
It’s amazing to think that thousands of children have been saved thanks to our Boosters. It can be easy to forget that doing even one simple quiz on I Boost Immunity can save a life.
It’s a testament to the dedication of our Boosters, but also about the efficacy of vaccines.
Some big highlights include:
Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus was eliminated in three countries in 2016
Before UNICEF’s Eliminate Project began in 2010, 58,000 babies were dying from Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) every year. But thanks to our donors and our partners, that number dropped to 49,000 and is falling faster than any other preventable cause of child death. Thanks to your contributions, as of the end of 2016, 40 out of 59 countries have been declared MNT-free. The latest countries to eliminate this deadly disease are: Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia and Niger. We are very close to our goal of completely eliminating this easily preventable childhood disease.
4.7 million children just vaccinated against measles in northeast Nigeria
In a major vaccination campaign that concluded at the end of January, 4.7 million children were vaccinated in response to a measles outbreak in northeast Nigeria. The campaign covered the three states most affected by the Boko Haram conflict where insecurity has limited vaccination efforts. “Security has improved in some areas so we have acted quickly to access places we could not previously reach and protect children from the spread of a very dangerous disease,” said Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.
Thanks to our generous donors, this campaign was a success.