“Leaving no one Behind – Saving Lives through Immunization”: Photo and Video Exhibit in UN City Copenhagen

Copenhagen, 2 May 2018 –  To highlight the importance of immunization during World and European Immunization Week, WHO/Europe and UNICEF Supply Division created a joint photo and video exhibit in the UN City Lobby in Copenhagen. The exhibit, taking place between the 23rd of April and the 4th of May 2018, showcases UNICEF and WHO’s strong partnership and commitment in the field of immunization. It also aims to draw attention to the chain of actions that lead to the successful vaccination of the most vulnerable children, by highlighting the journey of one vaccine that protects against five diseases: the pentavalent1. The photos and videos describe the itinerary of the vaccine from the manufacturer to the Rohingya children in Bangladesh as well as immunization activities in Syria, Ukraine, Romania and South Sudan.

By emphasizing the global effort to bring immunization to the most vulnerable, the exhibit, “Leaving no one behind – saving lives through immunization”, seeks to increase awareness among staff of the vital importance of immunization for everybody, encouraging them to share an important message with their extended networks: vaccines work – and they save lives.

Pentavalent vaccines protect against five potentially fatal diseases: pertussis, diphtheriatetanushepatitis B and Haemophilus influenza type b.

The exhibit was launched by Heather Deehan, Chief of the Vaccine Centre at UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen, and Robb Butler, Programme Manager of the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Immunization Unit (VPI) at WHO/Europe.

In her opening speech, Heather Deehan highlighted that: “Immunization is important for all of us throughout the world, not just those in crisis situations or in developing countries”. Her message was enforced by Robb Butler: “We are here to call on you to act this week, to have a voice, to make sure the public hears it and that your constituents and your counterparts hear that voice in their countries too”.

The journey of pentavalent vaccine and other immunization activities in crisis contexts demonstrate that reaching vulnerable communities requires a global effort. WHO and UNICEF have been working together and with their partners to ensure vaccines reach and protect children and their families in some of the most challenging contexts. It is only fitting that while showcasing immunization activities, WHO and UNICEF should work together.