Vaccines save children's lives - UNICEF

First@Five 26/04/2018
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Children in the Pacific continue to be in danger from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Despite efforts from UNICEF to provide vaccinations for kids an estimated 1700 children under the age of five die from vaccine-preventable diseases every year in the Pacific.

Diseases such as diarrhoea and pneumonia are the causes of one in four child deaths under the age of five.

Chief of Communications at UNICEF Pacific, Cate Heinrich told James Coleman on First@Five there has been an increasing number of vaccinations in the Pacific.

“UNICEF is working with the governments around the region to really help procure the vaccines,” says Heinrich.

Heinrich said most cases could be prevented by having the right vaccines.

She says the Pacific has seen an increase in vaccine numbers with a number of countries meeting the 90% completion rate.

World immunisation week is on from April 24-30 and UNICEF is reminding people of the importance of vaccines in saving lives.

"[Health workers] may walk across the mountains to reach that child," Henrich said. 

“People can help by raising awareness."

Listen to the full interview with Cate Heinrich above.

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