An opportunity to save someone’s life
July 3, 2012 BY Ashley Cissokho
Did you know 1.5 million kids die every year from diseases that could easily be prevented with vaccines? I didn’t.
It’s a sad, strange statistic, especially when you consider the easy access we in the United States have to vaccines.
The other day, I went to an event called a GAVI Global Tea Party in New York City hosted by Denise Paredes and there I learned more about the very real issue of children’s immunization in developing countries.
The GAVI Alliance is a partnership that brings together organizations such as UNICEF, the World Health Organization, World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN Foundation.
The GAVI Global Tea Party idea was started by Jennifer Burden of World Moms Blog as a way to spread awareness about the vaccine issue.
During the party we watched a film about a woman from Nicaragua who lost her baby daughter to pneumonia.
It was a heartbreaking story but what made it even worse was the fact that if her country had had better access to vaccines there’s a good chance that her daughter could have lived.
The fact is that even at our worst we in the U.S. are still more fortunate than so many other countries.
The vaccines, that as kids we dreaded getting, are not available to many kids in developing countries and the availability of these vaccines could mean life or death for them.
President of MOMentum Holly Pavlika discussed her trip to Tanzania for Shot@Life and told how grateful the people there are for resources that we for the most part take for granted.
Attending this event not only furthered my awareness of the issues that go on outside our country but motivated me to want to spread the word about this issue.
I know that during hard times like this, we have a tendency to want to focus on what’s going on within our own country and community, but it’s important for us to remember that we’re all a part of the human race.
When there’s an opportunity to save someone’s life – prevent not just illness but the emotional pain a mother faces when she loses her child – then we should take that opportunity and make a difference.
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