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UNICEF, WHO call for emergency action to avert major epidemics

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Health Desk- 06 Nov 2020: UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday have issued an urgent call to action to avert major measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 continues to disrupt immunization services worldwide, leaving millions of vulnerable children at heightened risk of preventable childhood diseases.

The two organizations estimate that US$655 million (US$400 million for polio and US$255 million for measles) are needed to address dangerous immunity gaps in non-Gavi eligible countries and target age groups.   

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said ‘COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on health services and in particular immunization services, worldwide’.

Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, said ‘We cannot allow the fight against one deadly disease to cause us to lose ground in the fight against other diseases’.