5th birthdays in Tanzania
December 6, 2012 BY Susan Myers
In many ways, vaccines are the first entry point that allow us to ensure a happy, healthy future for a child and a life of fulfilled dreams for his or her parents. I have been fortunate enough to see first-hand the value that vaccines can add to communities around the world. Vaccines help get a child in a country like Tanzania to their fifth birthday, so they have a shot at getting an education, starting a career and earning for their family.
I am currently in Tanzania witnessing what was a cornerstone moment in the health history of this nation. With the help of our partner, the GAVI Alliance (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations), Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and health workers introduced two new life-saving vaccines into the country – the pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines. These vaccines prevent types of pneumonia and diarrhea, the leading killers of children below 5 in developing countries. In five years from now, Tanzania could witness a significant reduction in childhood mortality because of what has started here today.
For $20 a child’s life can be protected from four deadly diseases: pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and polio. Vaccines save lives, create hope and change expectations of parents in parts of the world. We can go from a world where a child dies a preventable death every 20 seconds to a world that celebrates more 5th birthdays.
Donate $20 to Shot@Life today to help change the course of history in countries like Tanzania. Let’s change what has been the norm. Let’s give all children a shot at a healthy tomorrow.
Vice President for UN Relations
United Nations Foundation
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