World Immunization Week: A boy in a remote Ethiopian village gets his first shots

An article from
April 28, 2015
Nyabel Both lives in a remote village in the Gambella region of Ethiopia, where common childhood diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and diarrhea are a constant threat.
Yet Nyabel has managed something wonderful: Her one-year-old son has been vaccinated for measles, polio, tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae—in other words, she has fully immunized her child.
1.5 million children die each year from preventable diseases. Globally, 1 in 5 children—nearly 22 million—go without vital immunizations that could protect their health and lives.
Nyabel knew about the importance of immunization because of the community health volunteers in her district. Trained by the International Rescue Committee, these volunteers travel door to door, providing mothers and fathers with lifesaving health information, including the benefits of timely vaccination for children under the age of one.
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