Vaccines act as a shield, protecting children and newborn babies from dangerous diseases and saving up to 3 million lives each year. Yet, there are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world today. These children are at risk of serious illness, complications, and even death. We can prevent this. Together we must act. Please help.


The Government of Samoa recently declared a state of emergency with more than 1,000 suspected measles cases reported so far. Already, 32 children have lost their lives because of a disease that could have been prevented.

UNICEF is extremely concerned about the safety of affected children. Disease outbreaks can quickly devastate communities in such remote regions with low vaccination rates among children; less than half of what we see in Australia.

Children are in real danger - measles is highly infectious and can be caught even two hours after an infected person has left a room. We need to act quickly in situations like this to deliver life-saving supplies that can prevent the spread of disease.

In response to the outbreak, UNICEF has deployed expert health staff, delivering more than 110,000 doses of measles vaccines and other resources such as refrigerators and emergency equipment. 

We need to act fast. Please consider making a donation today to protect children against these deadly but preventable diseases.

Here, eight-month-old Polu, sits with his Grandma Tagoni after being vaccinated as part of a large-scale national campaign in Samoa. Over 200,000 vaccines have recently arrived and UNICEF teams are quickly deploying health staff and setting up outreach points across Samoa to make sure every child is protected from this deadly but preventable disease.
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The Facts?

  • Immunisation is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions to date, averting an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year.
  • As a direct result of immunisation, the world is closer than ever to eradicating polio, with only three remaining polio endemic countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
  • Deaths from measles, a major child killer, declined by 80 per cent worldwide between 2000 and 2017 preventing an estimated 21.1 million deaths.
  • In 2018, UNICEF reached almost half of the world's children with life-saving vaccines.
Still, progress has stalled over the current decade, and we need your help to continue this important work to ensure every child is protected from preventable diseases.

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UNICEF teams are working around the clock to save as many lives as we can as fast as we can. We cannot do this without you. Please give generously now.
Your donation will help fund UNICEF's program delivery for children in Samoa, Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan and where ever the need is greatest.
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