by Melinda Richardson, Chair UNA-SNY Young Professionals
Mothers walked down mountains for miles, took the only car in town on a three-hour journey, and there were countless other stories of mothers doing all they can to protect their children. We saw how much of an impact UNICEF and partnerships with governments has there with the vaccination rate now at nearly 90%. We can help and our support makes a big difference.The end of April marks World Immunization Week. Globally this is a week to raise awareness for life-saving immunizations, progress made, and the work yet to be completed. Around the world, every 20 seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease and one in five children lacks access to basic vaccines for diseases such as measles, pneumonia and diarrhea.
The United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life campaign engages Americans to advocate and raise funds to ensure vaccines reach children in developing countries. These are countries where mothers do not have the luxury of choice. They will walk for miles to access vaccines for their children.