The General Federation of Women’s Clubs Pledges to Help Save the Lives of 7,500 Children
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The General Federation of Women’s Clubs pledges
to help save the lives of 7,500 children
Washington, D.C.-based volunteer service organization has partnered with the U.N. Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign to provide access to vaccines for children of developing countries.
July 5, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) – Today the General Federation of Women’s Clubs announced that it will help save the lives of 7,500 children in developing countries by getting them access to vaccines to protect them from some of the most deadly and disabling childhood diseases through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.
Every 20 seconds a child dies of a disease that can be prevented by a vaccine. Even with increased global immunization rates, many children in developing countries still lack access to vaccines — often because they live in hard-to-reach communities and are among the most marginalized members of the community.
Just $20 immunizes a child against measles, polio, diarrhea and pneumonia; and gives children a shot at more “firsts” that many in America routinely celebrate and take for granted—first smiles, first steps, first birthdays, first day of school and more.
"GFWC members work every day to improve the lives of women and children around the world," explained GFWC International President Mary Ellen Laister. "As mothers, grandmothers, and daughters, we are fully committed to working with the Shot@Life campaign to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases. All children—along with their moms and grandmas—deserve the opportunity to experience each and every milestone and live life to the fullest."
Shot@Life is a first-of-its-kind campaign to mobilize Americans to raise awareness, funds and advocate for the millions of children in developing countries who do not have access to vaccines. This fall and winter, GFWC members will activate their networks and help the campaign raise critical funds to provide vaccines to the children who need them most.
“Providing access to these vaccines will save lives -- that's a simple fact,” said Devi Ramachandran Thomas, director of Shot@Life. “We are very grateful that the General Federation of Women’s Clubs has taken this stand to help ensure that children—no matter where they live—have the healthy shot at life they deserve."
Funds raised will go to support the work of the United Nations and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations to continue to save lives and improve the health of millions of children 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 100,000 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.