The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said it would launch a global campaign on safety of vaccines that will run from April 24-30.
UNICEF’s Chief of Immunisation, Mr Robin Nandy, disclosed this in a Wednesday, April 17 statement in Abuja
According to the statement, the aim of the campaign which is tagged ‘#VaccinesWork’, is geared towards sensitising parents and communities on the many diseases that can be prevented using the vaccines.
Nandy disclosed that vaccines save up to 3 million lives yearly, adding that polio is on the verge of being eradicated.
“This year, UNICEF is partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and Global Alliance for Vaccines (GAVI) and the Vaccine Alliance to encourage even greater reach,” the statement read in part.
“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute USD$1 to UNICEF for every like or share of social media posts using the hashtag #VaccinesWork this month up to USD$1 million, to ensure all children get the life-saving vaccines they need.
“Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective health tool ever invented – every USD$1 spent on childhood immunisation returns up to USD$44 in benefits.
“We want the awareness that #VaccinesWork to go viral.
“Vaccines are safe and they save lives. This campaign is an opportunity to show the world that social media can be a powerful force for change and provide parents with trustworthy information on vaccines.”