All children have a right to health, no matter where they live. One of the best ways to ensure a child’s health is through vaccines. And yet, even though vaccines exist for many preventable diseases, they’re still not available to every child. Today, nearly 1 in 5 kids worldwide lack access to these lifesaving interventions.
Welcome to Protecting Kids, a collection of stories curated from friends and partners of PATH for World Immunization Week.
Below you’ll find firsthand accounts from in-country champions who are working tirelessly to ensure all children have access to the immunizations they need to grow and thrive. Read through the whole collection and follow #ProtectingKids to join the online conversation.
By Samuel Oduor Wangowe, a community relations officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Walter Reed Project in Kombewa, Kenya
By Anuradha Gupta, deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
By Yaccine Djibo, founder and president of Speak Up Africa
By Huma Khawar, a community consultant and immunization advocate in Pakistan
By Dr. Romina Libster, head of the Clinical Research Unit at Fundación INFANT and faculty at Argentina’s National Research and Scientific Council
By Dr. A.P. Dubey, head of the Department of Pediatrics at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
By Brian Atuhaire, program officer, Devices and Tools Program at PATH based in Uganda
By Mwanaidi Msangi, communications associate, BID Initiative
By Dr. Ramos Mboane, chief medical officer, Niassa Province, Mozambique
By Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, lead of the Nigeria Country Program at the John Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center
- Tracy Romoser is a communications officer and the blog editor at PATH.