Preventing pneumonia: Emeli Sande learns about life-saving vaccines in Uganda

Five-month-old Joffrey is in the High Dependency Unit of a hospital in Eastern Uganda, desperately ill with a preventable illness: pneumonia. The hospital doesn’t have enough oxygen and there are too many children who need it, so Joffrey is sharing the supply with several other babies – all of whom also have pneumonia.

Pneumonia is a preventable illness, but Joffrey was not given the vaccine which could have protected him. Sadly, five month old Joffrey passed away from pneumonia. In Africa, around £5 could fully vaccinate a child against five deadly childhood diseases.

About the Project

Comic Relief supports the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) to increase access to childhood immunisation in the world’s poorest countries.

This grant help funds the delivery of a combination of vaccines, including the pneumococcal vaccine which immunises against one of the leading causes of childhood pneumonia.

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