Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 11, 2015
Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign, which helps expand access to life-saving childhood vaccines globally, announced a partnership with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The partnership will expand the campaign’s efforts to champion global childhood immunizations through grassroots advocacy and awareness raising activities.
AANP represents the interests of the approximately 205,000 nurse practitioners around the country, and their support will expand Shot@Life’s network of volunteers who champion access to immunizations for children around the globe.
“AANP applauds Shot@Life for the work they do to raise awareness of the need for children everywhere to receive life-saving vaccinations,” said Ken Miller, PhD, RN, CFNP, FAAN, FAANP, president of AANP. “In addition to being expert clinicians, NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices. Working with Shot@Life in building global awareness of the need for childhood immunizations fits well with our focus.”
Every 20 seconds, a child around the world dies from a vaccine-preventable disease such as measles or pneumonia. Shot@Life strives to stop the clock by supporting the work of the United Nations and partners to expand access to life-saving vaccines for children in developing countries. Last week, 13 AANP members were trained to be Shot@Life Champions at the annual Shot@Life Champion Summit in Washington, D.C. An additional 27 Champions will be trained by the end of the year. Champions represent Shot@Life’s strongest supporters who advocate and raise awareness for global childhood vaccines.
“Volunteers are the backbone of the Shot@Life campaign,” said Devi Thomas, Director, Shot@Life. “The partnership with AANP expands our growing network of highly trained, highly engaged volunteers and provides them with an opportunity to stand up for children around the world.”
About American Association of Nurse Practitioners
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 205,000 NPs, including approximately 57,500 individual members and 200 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. For more information visit aanp.org. To locate a nurse practitioner in your area visit npfinder.com.
Shot@Life, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, educates, connects and empowers Americans to help protect children in developing countries from vaccine-preventable diseases. By joining this movement, you can help save a child’s life every 20 seconds by learning about, advocating for and donating vaccines to children who need them most. Go to ShotAtLife.org to learn more.
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.