(PRWEB) April 14, 2012
For less than the cost of a postage stamp, you can help save a life this mother’s day. Measles kills 450 people every day, yet can be easily prevented with a 31-cent vaccine. A gift of fab jabs from UNICEF will protect 100 kids from measles for just $31.
Famous Australians such as Tara Moss and Jimmy Barnes have thrown their weight behind this campaign, asking loved ones to get mum measles this mother’s day.
“It’s a kooky concept yet with a very serious message. Every hour, 18 people die as a result of measles. This mother’s day, we hope Australians will spread the love and ensure no child dies needlessly,” said UNICEF Australia Chief Executive, Norman Gillespie.
UNICEF is the largest procurer of vaccines in the world.
In 2001, UNICEF and its partners launched an ambitious initiative to work with governments and communities to carry our mass vaccination campaigns and disease surveillance around the world.
Launching an ambitious target in 2001, UNICEF traversed all corners of the globe with the aim of reaching all children with an immunisation.
With mass immunisation campaigns all over the world, over 1 billion children were reached and between 2000 and 2008, measles deaths were reduced by 78%.
Yet shortfalls in funding are challenging these successes and causing a resurgence in measles outbreaks. Left unchecked, a rebound in measles could result in an estimated 1.7 million additional deaths globally by 2013.
Give you mum measles this mother’s day and you can help ensure these deaths are prevented.
UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realised. It has the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes UNICEF unique among world organisations, and unique among those working with the young. UNICEF works in over 190 countries to promote and protect the rights of children. UNICEF also offers you ways to sponsor a child through it's Global Parent Program.
The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, clean water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and HIV. Help UNICEF by giving an Inspired Gift to your mother this mothers day. Choose from water pumps, school books, mosquito nets, anti-malarial drugs, vaccination doses or emergency food. Each gift is a proven field item that UNICEF delivers in the 156 countries in which it works.
In Australia, UNICEF advocates for the rights of all children to be realised and works to improve public and government support for child rights and international development. UNICEF receives no funding from the UN, but relies on the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.