By, Peg Willingham
We’ve hit the ground running in 2012!
This week, Shot@Life is in Honduras! This is a great opportunity for all of us to see firsthand the impact of the United Nations and U.S. government efforts to improve the health of families and children around the world.
Why did we choose Honduras?
Honduras is a vaccination success story. In spite of significant challenges, the country has proven that vaccination programs can be implemented in what may initially seem to be some of the most challenging places in the world.
Despite being the second poorest country in Latin America and placing near the bottom of the human development index ranking (a composite statistic that considers life expectancy, literacy, education, and living standards) among countries in the Western Hemisphere, Honduras is a shining example of the difference that investments in vaccinations can make.
At the start of the last decade, Honduras reported more than 850 cases of mumps, more than 35,000 cases of malaria and more than 400 cases of tuberculosis.
But over the span of little more than a decade:
There will be much to see and do while we’re on the ground in Honduras, including a dinner with the Minister of Health, a trip to a rural health post, and a visit to an urban hospital.
We’ll talk to parents who have gone to great lengths to get their children vaccinated, and visit with those children who are now getting the Shot@Life that they deserve, thanks to the success of the Honduran vaccination program. We’ll also learn from the community health workers, medical professionals and representatives of the U.S. government and UN partners that make it possible for these children to survive.
Throughout the week, check our social media for photos and videos from the field. We can’t wait to share this experience with you!