The Vaccine Fund 

A healthy future, for every child

The Vaccine Fund

UNICEF’s Vaccine Fund provides members the opportunity to help protect some of the world’s most vulnerable children and to realise their potential. Through their support of UNICEF’s world-leading vaccination programmes in over 130 countries, Vaccine Fund members deliver impact for children at a truly global scale.


Immunisation saves 2 to 3 million lives each year.

Yet, conflict, displacement and poverty keep some of the most vulnerable children from getting the vaccines that can protect them from preventable diseases.

This means that over 1.5 million people die annually from diseases that can be prevented by vaccination.



UNICEF Ireland invites you to make a life-changing investment in the health and future of children around the world.

Through the support of UNICEF’s world-leading vaccination programmes in over 130 countries, Vaccine Fund members deliver impact for children at a truly global scale.

As the world’s largest children’s organisation, UNICEF is a world leader in vaccinations and the scale of our impact for children is vast. Each year, UNICEF procures 45% of all vaccines (approximately 2 billion doses) administered to children under five globally.

Since 1990, immunisation has played a large part in reducing deaths among children aged 5 and under by nearly 60 per cent. Between 2000 and 2019 alone, routine immunization efforts saved more than 37 million lives in 98 low- and middle-income countries.

By supporting UNICEF’s immunisation goals, you can do more than provide lifesaving vaccinations for the children of today. You can also help protect the children of tomorrow by transforming how health systems that work for children around the world.

Pashmina (5) proudly shows the ink mark on the tip of her finger, which indicates that she has been vaccinated against measles during the nationwide campaign in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Why partner with UNICEF:

  • Our expert staff: Working globally with deep expertise and a network of contacts and relationships.
  • Leading and pioneering: Flexibility to take risks and innovate, thus creating new ideas to benefit children now and into the future.
  • Taking the work to scale: A footprint in over 190 countries to promote adoption of global best practices, and tailor for local contexts.
  • Meeting needs throughout childhood and adolescence: No matter how challenging or remote the setting, we find new ways to reach children, adolescents, and mothers.
  • Before, during, and after an emergency: Our teams are first responders when emergencies strike, and stay for as long as children need us.

When you support UNICEF’s vaccination efforts, you support one of the simplest, yet most fundamental visions of the world – that every child has the right to survive and thrive.

If you are interested in learning more about how you support the world’s most vulnerable communities through the Vaccine Fund, please contact UNICEF Ireland’s Head of Philanthropy, Donna Marie O’Donovan




As the world’s largest children’s organisation, the scale and the impact UNICEF can achieve for children by leveraging its infrastructure, economies of scale, expertise and global reach is truly unique.

In terms of vaccines alone, each year UNICEF procures an estimated 2 billion doses of vaccines and reaches approximately 45% of the world’s children under five.

Impartial and non-political, with transparency and accountability at the core of our approach, we work relentlessly to protect children, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions.

UNICEF’s immunisation programme works in over 130 countries with partners in governments, NGOs, and the private sector to provide immunisation to the children who need it the most.

The Vaccine Fund supports UNICEF’s immunisation programmes working in the following areas:

  • Fighting deadly diseases
  • Eradicating polio
  • Tackling misinformation


UNICEF’s Vaccine Fund offers members the opportunity to change the lives of children across the world. By pooling their investment together, members can achieve greater impact and make their support go further for children.

Membership commitments

An individual or company pledges from €25,000 per year for 2 years to support UNICEF’s mission to build a world where all children are immunised.


If you are interested in learning more about UNICEF's Vaccine Fund, please contact UNICEF Ireland’s Head of Philanthropy, Donna Marie O'Donovan

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