Keeping children safe from polio
Idéita, a 23-year-old mother from Chad, arrives at her local health centre, where her 12-month-old baby girl, Hanane is successfully vaccinated against polio.
Millions of children around the world are in danger of contracting polio –it’s highly contagious and can lead to life-long paralysis and death. There is no cure, yet there is a safe, effective and affordable vaccine.
Over the past 30 years the number of children contracting polio has fallen by more than 99 per cent. 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 only three countries remaining where polio has never been stopped: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. A once-in-a-generation opportunity exists to end polio forever but while the disease continues to survive anywhere, children everywhere remain at risk.
When flying with easyJet during on-board collection periods, you can donate your change to UNICEF, in any currency, to help keep more children safe from polio.