A reason to celebrate

September 20, 2013 BY Devi R. Thomas

On September 15, my son, Noah, celebrated his third birthday.

In the midst of the party balloons, train-shaped cookies and chocolate cake, I thought of another reason for parents to celebrate around the world. The child mortality rate has been cut in half.

According to a report from UNICEF, 6.6 million children under five died last year – down from 12.6 million in 1990. Even though this is amazing progress, children are still succumbing to malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. We still have work to do in saving children from preventable diseases.

While lighting Noah’s cake, I was reminded of the many more candles we can put on birthday cakes around the world. How can you help today?

  1. Visit Walgreens and get your flu shot. Walgreens will donate one life-saving vaccine to a child in need for every flu shot administered at a participating location.
  2. Donate to Shot@Life for every birthday your child has celebrated.
  3. Take our Pledge and show your support for Shot@Life.

Let's get this number even lower and let more children celebrate more fun birthdays.


POSTED IN: Global Health, United Nations

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