Australia has not seen a major epidemic of measles in Australia for almost 20 years, but around the world, 450 people die every day from this deadly yet entirely preventable disease
Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) April 24, 2012
Australian of the Year, Geoffrey Rush, has one request this mothers day – he’s calling on all Australians to give your mum measles.
“Australia has not seen a major epidemic of measles in Australia for almost 20 years, but around the world, 450 people die every day from this deadly yet entirely preventable disease,” said Geoffrey Rush.
“I have been an ambassador for UNICEF for over 15 years and continue to be in awe of the work they do around the world. UNICEF are the largest global procurer of vaccines, accountable for immunising more than half the world’s children against preventable diseases.”
“I want you to give your mum measles this mother’s day.”
“A gift of fab jabs from UNICEF will protect 100 kids from measles for just $31. Come on Australia, spread the love this Mother’s Day.”
Ensure thousands more lives are saved every year with a UNICEF measles vaccine.
This UNICEF Inspired Gift can be purchased at http://www.unicef.org.au/mum
Other Australian ambassadors supporting the campaign include Erica Packer, Jimmy Barnes, Tara Moss, and Ken Done.
Why vaccinate against measles:
Measles remains a leading cause of death among young children, despite the fact that a safe and effective vaccine has been available for 40 years. It is one of the most contagious diseases known and many non-immune children contract this respiratory disease if exposed to the virus. Measles is an acute illness caused by a virus of the paramyxovirus family. During the first few weeks after contracting measles, a child’s immune system will be compromised, and a normal cold or diarrhoea can become a life threatening disease in developing countries where children have limited or no access to medical treatment.
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. 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. 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.