$5 protects a child from polio and measles for a lifetime. Measles is one of the most contagious and infectious diseases. It spreads through coughing and sneezing, and 90% of unimmunized people who come into contact with an infected person will catch measles. Measles can leave children blind, deaf and brain-damaged. Measles still kills an estimated 330 people each day. Polio attacks a child’s nervous system and can cause muscle weakness, paralysis or even death. Thanks to polio vaccination, five million people who would have otherwise been paralyzed are able to walk, and polio cases are down 99%. In 2013, there were only 416 reported cases of the virus. Never before has the world been this close to eradicating polio. However, the disease has recently reemerged in areas that had been polio-free for years. Until permanently eradicated, polio anywhere remains a real threat to children everywhere. Polio remains endemic in three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Other countries, including Angola, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have experienced a recent resurgence in polio transmission. Help deliver vaccinations to children in need to protect children everywhere from two major diseases.
Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Liberia, Malawi