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세계백신면역연합(GAVI)과 함께하는 소아마비 퇴치 운동

2009.04.03

* UNICEF works with GAVI Alliance to provide polio vaccines in Sierra Leone
* 시간: 03 min 02 secs
* 촬영도시: Freetown
* 촬영국가: Sierra Leone
* 시간: 26 Feb 2009


In Sierra Leone these people could be considered the lucky ones. They have survived into adulthood. In of the
poorest countries in the world it's a struggle to get by. And with poverty, comes a greater vulnerability to killer
diseases.


Children are most at risk. A shocking number die at a young age from illnesses which could easily be prevented.


SOUNDBITE: Dr Nuhu Maksha, UNICEF Project Manager for Immunization in Sierra Leone (English)
"Sierra Leone has a very high infant and child mortality. It means many children die before the age of five. One of the key interventions for reducing these deaths is immunization, which has proved to be a very cost-effective and evidence-based intervention."


Every mother here wants to protect her child. But without outside help it would be hard for everyone to be vaccinated.


Sierra Leone suffered a decade of civil war. It lacks funds, infrastructure and still needs support for healthcare.
UNICEF backs the government by assisting with a range of health services in local clinics.


One of these is the life-saving immunization program. UNICEF works on this hand in hand with the GAVI alliance, an organization which makes vaccines available to millions in the world's poorest countries. GAVI has already committed $24m to Sierra Leone.


The money is spent on vaccines like this five-in-one shot. It protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hepatatis B and Hib. UNICEF has helped ensure thousands of babies are immunized these life-threatening diseases. But there are logistical challenges in reaching everyone.


SOUNDBITE: Dr Nuhu Maksha, UNICEF Project Manager for Immunization in Sierra Leone (English)
"It is difficult, one for the time and then second for the distance. Some of the mothers live very far away from the health facilities. So they have to travel or walk long distances to get to a health facility, to get the child immunised. There are some others who may be close the  facility, but because they don't see the value in the immunization they may not come."


Despite the difficulties, the trend is positive. Immunization coverage for babies has already greatly increased in Sierra Leone and UNICEF aims to reach more children in the future, knowing that every vaccination could prevent a death.


The hope is that with the help of UNICEF and its partners, children like these will have a healthy future to look forward to.

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