A boy receives a smallpox vaccination in India.

See How Far We’ve Come – From Edward Jenner to the Eradication of Smallpox

Smallpox was one of the world's deadliest diseases before it was eradicated in 1980. As we join in celebrating World Immunization Week 2018, read about the history of the eradication of smallpox and what LDS Charities is doing to continue focusing on immunizations and vaccinations.
Young boy getting an immunization.

Why LDS Charities Continues to Work with Immunizations

Vaccines save millions of lives each year by helping those who are vaccinated develop immunity to highly contagious diseases as well as diseases spread by insects, contaminated food and water, and soil-dwelling bacteria. Read more about why LDS Charities works with immunizations.
Woman and child wait to get immunization in Chad.

LDS Charities and UNICEF work to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in Chad

Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) kills approximately 49,000 newborns and a significant number of mothers each year. LDS Charities is partnering with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help stop the spread of maternal and neonatal tetanus in Chad, enabling over 1.4 million women to be vaccinated.
A refugee child colors in his temporary home.

How LDS Charities Helps Refugees

LDS Charities responds to many refugee relief efforts today, including both short-term and long-term projects.