Vaccines can afford lifelong protection from devastating diseases, and prevent people from falling into poverty. Thanks to IMPACT’s action this year 85,315 people were immunised, either directly or as a result of our motivational activities.
- In Nepal 56,668 children under five years old received vitamin A supplements and 11,970 pregnant mothers received iron supplements to prevent anaemia.
- In India 31,955 girls were sensitised to the dangers of contracting rubella and the importance of being immunised and 17,013 young girls were vaccinated against Rubella in order to protect their future children from birth defects or from being still born. 2,069 infants and pregnant women were immunised against disabling diseases through the community health initiative.
- 1,817 people were immunised against communicable diseases at the Lake Clinic in Cambodia.
Immunisation has been practiced for centuries and has become a safe and cost-effective weapon in the fight against disease.
Smallpox was eradicated and a global campaign has reduced polio’s incidence dramatically. However, the challenge remains to reach people in the remotest corners of the world, not only to protect individuals but to prevent contagious disease re-gaining a foothold.
IMPACT Foundations in Africa and Asia and our Indian partners the PNR Society in Bhavnagar and the KEM Hospital in Pune, take the message of the ‘magic of immunisation’ to men and women living in villages effectively cut-off from the progress being made in cities.
Half of all foetuses are affected when mothers contract rubella (German measles) in early pregnancy. Babies may be born with visual or hearing impairment, heart defects, and mental retardation. Miscarriage or stillbirth may also occur. Immunising women before they become pregnant prevents Congenital Rubella Syndrome, yet the vaccine is not routinely given in the developing world.
The Individual IMPACT
18-year old Sangita was paralysed by Polio in early childhood. After surgery and physiotherapy within IMPACT’s programme, she can now walk upright with assistance and came for new crutches before her wedding day. She is determined that her future children will be fully immunised. Without treatment, it is unlikely that Sangita would have married at all making her future very insecure.