Ade Adepitan, TV presenter and Paralympic wheelchair basketball medallist, contracted polio when he was just 15 months old. Learn more about his story and how your support is helping to prevent children getting polio.
Millions of children around the world are in danger of contracting polio – a highly infectious disease. There is no cure, yet there is a safe and effective vaccine. Three doses of polio vaccine give a lifetime of immunity, meaning it costs as little as 27p (EUR 33c) to protect a child forever.
In 1988, polio was endemic in 125 countries. Today, thanks to successful vaccination programmes like those funded by easyJet and Unicef’s Change for Good partnership, there are just three: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. We are close to the goal to end polio forever, but to do so we have to reach every child.
By donating your change to Unicef, in any currency, you can help us keep every child safe from polio.
Thanks to the support of easyJet customers and employees, our Change for Good partnership has already made an extraordinary impact:
• Helped purchase 5.3 million vaccines for children
• Helped keep 2 million children safe from polio
• Protected 4.8 million children from blindness through vitamin A supplements
• Helped Unicef support children affected by emergencies like the Nepal earthquake and the Philippines typhoon.
Banner image: © Unicef/Gmb14/McConnell.
Polio administration image: © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0288/Yurtsever