Immunizations and health checks are available for children and mothers in this World Vision-supported community health care center in Cambodia.
The polio virus has been eliminated from most of the world. After massive vaccination campaigns, the virus is endemic in only one place – the Afghanistan – Pakistan border region.
Almost one-third of deaths among children under 5 are preventable by vaccine. The global push for universal immunization has helped many developing countries to put in place systems and controls that are the building blocks of successful community health services, the World Health Organization says.
Almost two-thirds of the world’s unimmunized children live in conflict zones, says the U.N. children’s agency. In those countries, which are marred by insecurity, many children pay with their lives when they miss out on protection from measles, mumps, diphtheria, pneumonia, rubella, tetanus, and whooping cough.
Photo©2013 World Vision, Sopheak Kong