It took a near tragedy to change Yusuf’s mind to accept immunization. He will never forget the day his first-born daughter Saratu, then two, became dangerously ill from pneumonia - which can be prevented by vaccination.
She survived and a decade later Yusuf is an advocate in his own community. “I looked at my little girl and I knew what was going to happen. When I was a young man I saw plenty of children die. I knew how they looked, and it was my little girl that looked that way now. Now if a man’s wife has just had a child, I go and speak to him and tell him why they need to have a vaccine. And they believe me because I am one of them. We work the same jobs, we are from the same villages, and they see that all of my children have been vaccinated.” – Yusuf, father and community immunization advocate, Nigeria.
This photo is part of @gavialliance photo exhibition “Vaccine Heroes” currently ongoing in Geneva, Switzerland, to celebrate health care workers who work every day to build brighter futures for children.
Photo: @gavialliance/A. Brooks
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