VoICE Immunization Evidence
The Effects of Armed Conflict on Children
Children living in humanitarian crisis settings can be protected from the disproportionately high burden of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Children under 5 years of age bear the greatest burden of indirect conflict-associated mortality. (Indirect mortality is due to disruption of health services including immunization, food insecurity and high risk living conditions such as those found in refugee camps.) The leading causes of child death in these circumstances include respiratory infections, diarrhea, measles, malaria, and malnutrition.