Washington, D.C. — Every day this February, leading online influencers will share stories about how vaccines are making a powerful impact in people’s lives around the world. During Shot@Life’s 28 Days of Impact, these bloggers will tell the stories of children, mothers and community health worker who have seen the impact of vaccines first-hand, directly affected by vaccines and relate the stories to their own life experiences.
“Vaccines make it possible for millions of children to live healthy, happy lives every year,” said Devi R. Thomas, director of the Shot@Life campaign. “The personal stories shared during 28 Days of Impact are so meaningful and will demonstrate how vaccines truly change people’s lives all over the world.”
Vaccines currently help save 2.5 million children from preventable diseases each year. Shot@Life, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, is working with its partners to build a movement in the U.S. to help ensure that children around the world do not die of vaccine-preventable diseases.
This month-long celebration of the impact of global vaccines is a follow up to Blogust, an innovative blogging relay that Shot@Life hosted last August to raise money for global vaccines. Blogust 2012 raised over $200,000 and garnered over 29 million impressions.
February’s 28 Days of Impact provides a way for top bloggers to continue raising awareness for global vaccines and the work being done by Shot@Life’s partners to get vaccines to the children who need them most.
The renowned voices participating in 28 Days of Impact include:
28 Days of Impact runs from February 1 to February 28. Read the stories at www.shotatlife.org/impact and follow the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #vaximpact.
Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. A national call to action for this global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate vaccines, the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign will decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life. To learn more, go to ShotAtLife.org.
About The United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.