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Healthy Start for Refugee Children

A Special Shot@Life Initiative

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Help us deliver essential health services to one million children.

All children deserve to feel safe, healthy, and hopeful for the future, no matter who they are or where they live.

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Refugee children are among the most marginalized, at-risk people in the world. Forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution, and climate disasters, they often find themselves in overcrowded refugee camps or unfamiliar environments with limited access to basic necessities, including protective health services. This leaves them vulnerable to preventable diseases, malnutrition, and even death.

Healthy Start for Refugee Children is a special initiative of Shot@Life and United to Beat Malaria, global health campaigns of the United Nations Foundation, that, in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), aims to deliver essential health services to one million refugee and displaced children living in East Africa. The success of this two-year fundraising campaign will not only ensure refugee children receive the health services they urgently need, but also provide related health education and strengthen health systems so host countries may better meet the needs of displaced families moving forward.

Every child deserves a chance.


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Children everywhere deserve a healthy start to life, no matter what.

Children are particularly vulnerable to health threats and comprise more than half of East Africa’s refugee population. With the Healthy Start for Refugee Children initiative, we aim to deliver urgently needed health services — including malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment tools; and immunizations against deadly, infectious diseases — to protect them.

You can help us make a profound difference in the lives of one million children. Your support will help provide deserving children with access to lifesaving healthcare, help them overcome adversity, and give them hope for a brighter future. Together, we will ensure refugee children receive the care and support they need to thrive. 

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