Vaccination programmes are run in most countries worldwide. Vaccines are often given to young people and during childhood. Many of the world’s greatest killers such as measles, polio, tetanus and tuberculosis can be prevented easily with a vaccination.
You can support a vaccination programme in areas of the world where there are no or limited national vaccination programmes. You can donate to many charities, such as Unicef or Save The Children and many more. Some charities also ask for volunteers to support their work by raising awareness or running fundraising events.
There has been a substantial success in eradicating diseases due to global vaccination programmes. For example, since 1980, Unicef has helped quadruple vaccination rates for children worldwide, saving up to 3 million children’s lives a year. Due to the efforts of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, worldwide polio rates have fallen by 99%.