Six-year-old Alphonse contracted polio when he was four. He limps as he tries to keep up with his peers. His mother did not believe that vaccinations could protect her children from such a debilitating disease. She had to learn a painful lesson; and has now vaccinated her other children.
Consolata, on the other hand, has always known that vaccines save lives. Despite being blind, she, with the help of her 10-year-old son, Tony, always makes sure her three-year-old daughter is up-to-date on her vaccinations.
Both of these families live in Kenya, where the well-developed immunization system is strengthened by Governments, partnerships and supporters around the world. For the last few months, UNICEF, together with the Government of Kenya, has been working very hard to vaccinate 8.3 million children against polio. As the end of the year draws near, there is still more to do and more children to reach.
With your support, we can be sure of a final victory over polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases.