Latter-day Saint Charities Updates

National Immunization Campaign Provides Vaccines for Millions of Children

A child is immunized during a national immunization campaign in the Philippines.

The Department of Health in the Philippines conducts an immunization campaign every three to four years. LDS Charities supported this campaign in 2007 and 2011 by donating to the Department of Health for the purchase of the measles and rubella (MR) vaccine.

Despite continued efforts, measles outbreaks occurred in many parts of the country in 2013 and early 2014, leading the Philippine Department of Health to conduct a national immunization for measles, rubella, and oral polio (MR OPV MI) in September 2014.

LDS Charities and other partner organizations, including the World Health Organization and UNICEF, came together to support this effort and decrease the instances of sickness and death from these diseases throughout the islands.

LDS Charities donated 5,000 vaccine carriers and other supplies, including markers and stuffed toys to distribute to vaccinated children. Additionally, LDS Charities contributed to the publicity for the campaign, provided use of Church facilities, and donated hundreds of volunteer hours to raise awareness for the available vaccinations.

The project resulted in 10.4 million children between the ages of 1 month and 59 months receiving the MR vaccine and 11.8 million children of the same target group receiving the oral polio vaccine.