Thanks to the government and UNICEF, children were protected in a mass immunization campaign against measles in Tandang Kutyo in 2014. This campaign was a response to the recent outbreak that started in 2013. Blue storage boxes filled with ice packs ensured that the vaccines against measles would be transported safely up the mountain and brought to a community health hall. A small concrete building in the center of the mountain village, the hall is where all activity happens including social meetings and health services. Community nurses and volunteers then went house-to-house to bring children and their mothers down or up steep mountain terrain to the community hall.
Carrrenjoy is grateful that Leslie has received all her immunizations. Leslie can go to school and have a bright future since she’ll be protected from dangerous diseases, like measles.
This World Immunization Week, I urge you support efforts to “close the immunization gap” in countries like the Philippines and help reach children who don’t have access to vaccines to protect them from measles and other deadly diseases. Make a donation and tell your friends. All it take is just $2 to fully immunize a child against measles—for life.