On April 26th the United Nations Foundation launched Shot@Life, a first-of-its kind campaign to build awareness, raise funds and advocate for the millions of children around the world who do not have access to life-saving vaccines. Every 20 seconds, a child dies of a disease that can be prevented by a vaccine. Though coordinated worldwide vaccination efforts have made significant progress, particularly in reducing cases of measles and polio, funding gaps could threaten these gains.
Throughout World Immunization Week, over 30 grassroots Champions across the country are hosting Shot@Life events such as themed parties, walks, and in-district meetings with their Members of Congress to raise awareness and highlight the need of increased global vaccine funding.
“From Los Angeles to New York and Seattle to Miami, thousands of Americans are rallying this week to get life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries who need them most,” said Devi Ramachandran Thomas, director of the Shot@Life campaign. "Their time, their voices, and the money they are raising sends a powerful message that Americans understand the value of vaccines and are ready to rally on behalf of millions of moms and their children worldwide."
For more information on how to get involved and partner with the Shot@Life campaign, go toshotatlife.org or visit us them Facebook atfacebook.com/shotatlifecampaign.
The UN Foundation is a public charity created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion giftto support UN causes and activities. They are an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems.
To learn more about the UN Foundation, enjoy the following 1-hour documentary sequenced by CPI special project PeaceDay.tv, the documentary was aired on the Peace Day Global Broadcast in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace.