THE IMMUNITY CHARM: MAKING IMMUNIZATION A TRADITION
THE IMMUNIZATION HISTORY OF THE CHILD, WORN BY THE CHILD
In Afghanistan, the infant mortality rate is 115 per 1000 live births, the worst in the world, with a vaccination completion rate of less than 50%. Doctors face a lack of immunization history, as parents do not maintain vaccination cards, while remote areas, illiteracy, and traditional biases against vaccines add to the obstacles.
For generations, parents from across socioeconomic classes ensure their newborns wear a bracelet to protect them from evil forces.
To counter these biases, we turned to this bracelet tied on the infant's wrist, which now also protects them from disease.
This Immunity Charm comprises of coloured beads, with each bead being a code for a specific vaccine. With every immunisation, doctors add the corresponding bead to the bracelet.