Peace Day Life-Saving Activities
Peace Day agreements by all parties to conflict in Afghanistan since 2007 have resulted in the immunisation against polio of 4.5 million children in areas hitherto unreachable or hard to reach due to conflict. This polio drive has been a joint effort by the Afghan health authorities, World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and it was also supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross as well as health NGOs.
On Peace Day 2008 in Afghanistan the United Nations Department of Safety and Security, which monitors security related incidents, recorded a 70% reduction in violent incidents.
On Peace Day 2010, over 50,000 children and women of child-bearing age, across 23 high-risk locations of greater Kabul, were vaccinated against deadly diseases including polio, meningitis, diphtheria and tetanus. In addition, a nationwide polio immunisation campaign to target 8 million children was launched.
Find out more about the success of Peace Day in Afghanistan
Peace Day activities have not only been successful in Afghanistan. In 2010, Peace One Day instigated a total of 88 life-saving and humanitarian activities by 28 organisations in 31 countries.
Humanitarian and life-saving Peace Day activities take place all over the world. They contribute towards peace-building, development and aid, including the delivery of supplies like mosquito nets, food, and vaccines.
Below is a list of worldwide organisations that are committed to peace and sustainability and as such are using the 21st September as a day to focus their activities. We encourage you to visit their own websites and find out more about their amazing work.