GFWC Stands Up For Childhood
Joins the United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life campaign to help children in developing countries get access to life-saving vaccines
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GFWC STANDS UP FOR CHILDHOOD
Joins the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign to help children in
developing countries get access to life-saving vaccines
April 18, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs announced the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign as its newest partner. Shot@Life is a first-of-its-kind campaign to raise awareness, funds and advocate for the millions of children in developing countries who do not have access to vaccines.
Every 20 seconds, around the world, a child dies of a disease that can be prevented by a vaccine. Even with increased global immunization rates, one in five children still lacks access to these life-saving immunizations that protect them from diseases such as polio, measles, diarrhea and pneumonia. With expanded access to vaccines, 1.5 million children in developing countries can be saved every year. As a campaign partner, GFWC members will engage and activate their networks and help the campaign raise the critical awareness and funds to provide more vaccines to these children who need them most.
"For more than a century, GFWC members have worked to improve the lives of women and children around the world," explained GFWC International President Carlene A. Garner. "As mothers and daughters, we are committed to working with the Shot@Life campaign to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases and giving all children the opportunity to experience life to the fullest."
Immunizations give children around the world a shot at more “firsts.” Keeping kids healthy is the best way to ensure they reach the milestones that many in America routinely celebrate and take for granted—first smiles, first steps, first birthdays, first day of school and more. Shot@Life focuses on universal childhood moments to mobilize Americans, especially moms, to support vaccines and give all children access to important childhood milestones.
“Imagine if nearly half the children enrolling in kindergarten this year in the U.S. were to die of diseases that can be prevented by a vaccine. That’s how many children die each year in developing countries because they don’t get the shots they need,” said Devi Ramachandran Thomas, director of the Shot@Life campaign. “We are so excited that GFWC has joined us to help ensure that all children—no matter where they live—have the healthy shot at life they deserve.”
GFWC and Shot@Life will support the work of UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI Alliance) to continue to save lives and improve the health of millions by providing vaccines to children in developing countries.
About the General Federation of Women’s Clubs
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs, with members dedicated to strengthening their communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With 104,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.
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 www.unfoundation.org.