This week kicks off yet another installment of our holidays-without-greeting-cards series: World Immunization Week. I know what you’re thinking—didn’t we just finish celebrating World Water Day, World TB Day, and International Women’s Day? And the answer of course is yes (the mysterious forces that schedule development days must have a special affinity for March). But we hope you’ve had a chance to catch a breath, because we promise that this week really matters too.
Though we take vaccines for granted in the US and across Europe (perhaps even too much for granted), millions of parents across the developing world are unable to access vaccines for their children, and that has devastating consequences. More than 7.6 million children died before the age of 5 last year, because of largely preventable and treatable causes. But we believe that every child deserves a 5th birthday. One key way to prevent some of these deaths is through simple, cost-effective vaccines to fight diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, and polio.
So, let us be your party planners—here are just a few ways you can help celebrate World Immunization Week:
Stay tuned to the ONE blog, where we’ll feature posts from some of our partners, detailing their work on vaccines across the spectrum from development to delivery.
Check out our friends Shot@Life, who are formally launching their new vaccines campaign on Friday
If you feel inspired (and we hope you will), please share the posts with your networks, and if you’re on twitter, use the hashtag #vaccineswork.
PS: As if World Immunization Week wasn’t enough to get you going, we’ll also be celebrating World Malaria Day on Thursday the 25th (sorry, we’re not in charge of the calendar!). Our bloggers on the ground will provide coverage on Ghanaian malaria programs, and we’ll share some cool stuff ONE and our partners are doing on malaria.
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