Ysabel from Tacloban in the Philippines

Mon 4th February 2013

Ysabel is four-years-old. This picture shows her together with her mother Grace. It was taken during the second day of the vaccination campaign in Barangay 110 in Tacloban. Ysabel was vaccinated against measles, like many other children of her neighbourhood. 

In November last year UNICEF launched a vaccination campaign together with the World Health organisation and partners. The campaign targeted 33,000 children in Tacloban to prevent the outbreak of diseases after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines.

Over 14 million people, nearly 6 million of which are children, were affected by the devastating Typhoon and over 1.7 million children were displaced in the aftermath of the disaster. 

UNICEF’S immunisation work around the world is crucial and the Rangers Charity Foundation is proud to support the charity’s programme designed to protect vulnerable children from a range of preventable diseases.  Immunisation is an essential health intervention that saves the lives of millions of children under five each year.  

In 2012, UNICEF’s immunisation programme vaccinated 111 million children with three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) and while huge milestones like this have been achieved, there is still more that needs to be done.  Every day, 4,000 children die from vaccine preventable diseases and millions more are left sick or disabled.  A simple, safe, low cost vaccine could protect and save these children’s lives.  Money donated by the Rangers Charity Foundation has already helped UNICEF staff on the ground reach children, inform communities about the importance of vaccinations and keep more children healthy. 

UNICEF is the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries.  In 2012, UNICEF provided 1.9 billion vaccine doses for 96 countries.  With UNICEF support, measles deaths have fallen by 71 per cent between 2000 and 2011.  UNICEF has also helped to ensure that nine in ten of the world’s children are vaccinated against tuberculosis in their first year of life.

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