The destructive path of war means that many children living in conflict-riddled areas miss out on their vaccines.
In fact, nearly 2/3 of children who haven’t received basic immunizations live in war-torn countries, according to UNICEF, marking World Immunization Week with some sobering stats.
South Sudan has the greatest percentage—61%—of children missing basic childhood vaccines, followed by Somalia (58%) and Syria (57%)
Immunization levels in Syria plummeted from over 80% in pre-conflict 2010 to 43% in 2014.
Typically, less than 1% of children who catch the measles die; the percentage jumps up to 30% for children lacking basic necessities and living in crowded settings like refugee camps
UNICEF (Press Release)
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