Many children in danger of dying from preventable diseases UNICEF warns

UNICEF warns, many children are likely to die from vaccine preventable diseases because of a severe decline in routine immunization during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New data in UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2023 report show a significant drop in confidence in the importance of vaccines for children in 52 out of 55 countries studied, noting that vaccination rates have declined by more than a third in South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Senegal, and Japan. Only in three countries — China, India, and Mexico — did the data show people remained positive about the health benefits of vaccination.

The report finds 67 million children, nearly half of them on the African continent, have missed out on one or more vaccinations due to disruptions in immunization services during the three years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Related Articles

Back to top button