Our UNICEF partnership
For the month of December 2020, H&M Australia will support UNICEF’s immunisation program in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with an in-store fundraising campaign, where customers can make a life-saving difference to children.
H&M has partnered with UNICEF on programs supporting children’s rights since 2004 and we are pleased to share that this campaign marks the first fundraising initiative in stores within Australia. By simply adding a $2 donation on checkout for the month of December, customers can help protect a child from devastating diseases.
“This year we have seen critical immunisation programs, that save millions of lives annually, paused because of COVID-19,” said UNICEF Australia CEO Tony Stuart.
“With decades of progress made against diseases like measles, polio and tetanus at risk, there’s never been a more important time for partnerships like this with H&M where the Australian public can make a lasting difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children.”
UNICEF is the world’s largest and most effective children’s charity, and has been working to protect children from disease, danger and disaster since 1946. UNICEF partners with governments, non-governmental organisations, other UN agencies and the private sector to vaccinate nearly half the world’s children against deadly diseases.
The Papua New Guinea immunisation program supports all routine immunisations, but focuses particularly on increasing the coverage of the measles-rubella vaccine and the pentavalent vaccine, which protects against five major diseases: diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, hepatitis B and haemophilus influenzae type b.
The campaign will benefit PNG’s Western Highlands Province, an area that often sees outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases because of its remote location, inaccessibility and low awareness on key health issues, including the importance of immunisation. Through both health centres and community-based outreach, UNICEF is expanding a network of village health volunteers to reach the most vulnerable and unreached communities with lifesaving vaccines and health education.
To find out more information about UNICEF's invaluable work, head to unicef.org.au