POSTED November 2, 2021
Few African nations on track to vaccinate 40 percent of population by year-end
Why quality education and support matter for all
This spring the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a goal to fully vaccinate 40 percent of all countries by the end of the year. Today, just five African countries could hit this goal, as reported at a recent WHO press conference. That’s less than six percent of the continent’s population.
“If the 6.8-billion vaccine doses administered globally so far had been distributed equitably, we would have reached our 40-percent target in every country by now,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, during the media briefing.
So, the WHO has released a new strategy to reach its year-end goal, including a plan to vaccinate 70 percent of each country’s population by mid-2022.
At Children Believe, we continue to navigate COVID-19 by closely monitoring countries where our sponsored children are affected, including assessing and supporting their needs. We provide food rations, supplies to continue children’s education and support through psycho-social care.
ABOUT CHILDREN BELIEVE (formerly Christian Children's Fund of Canada):
Children Believe works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in — and be heard. For 60 years, we’ve brought together brave young dreamers, caring supporters and partners, and unabashed idealists. Together, we’re driven by a common belief: creating access to education — inside and outside of classrooms — is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world.
About ChildFund Alliance:
A member of ChildFund Alliance, Children Believe is part of a global network of 12 child-focused development organizations working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities. ChildFund helps nearly 23-million children and their families in more than 70 countries overcome poverty and underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work to end violence against children; provide expertise in emergencies and disasters to ease the harmful impact on children and their communities; and engage children and youth to create lasting change and elevate their voices in decisions that affect their lives.