On December 30,2004 Lolly shared her first beautiful smile with me. We were at a store and I asked her if she wanted to go home to see Daddy who was on his way home from work. Her answer was a big, beautiful smile that I have grown to love more and more each day.
Without the help of modern medicine and immunizations, neither of those miracles would have happened. In January 2000, with global immunization rates stagnating, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) was launched to fund vaccines for children in the world's 70 poorest countries. It's mission is to save children's lives and protect people's health by increasing access to immunization in the world's poorest countries. To give every mother and child the gift of that first smile.
- One child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could be prevented from with a vaccine.
- Children are disabled or killed every year by vaccine-preventable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and polio.
- Pneumonia and diarrhea are the two biggest killers of children under five, and account for more than one-third of childhood deaths worldwide.
- Polio has recently reemerged in areas that had been polio-free for years and measles still kills an estimated 450 people each day—the majority of whom are young children.
- 1.5 million children die every year from vaccine preventable diseases.
- 1.5 million children.
Visit the Shot@Life website where you can learn more about their campaign and sign up to contribute. Just $20 gives a child a lifetime of their needed immunizations. Even a $5 contribution goes to help these children. Truly, every donation helps. You can also learn how you can get involved in this amazing campaign.
Another way you can help is in August there will be Blogust:Blog Relay for Good. Everyday there will be a different blogger that will post an inspirational post and for every comment they get, $20 will be donated to the Shot@Life campaign to help bring vaccines to children around the world.
Just leave a comment and you will save a life.
**Statistics taken from the Shot@Life website.