In the developing world more than 7.6 children die each year before they reach the age of 5 due to preventable or treatable diseases. Many of these deaths could be prevented through simple, cost-effective vaccines that fight diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, and polio. Here in the U.S.A. we take the availability of vaccines for granted, but for millions of parents across the world they are simply inaccessible.
Today ONE.org is on the ground in Ghana with a team of Bloggers from ONE Moms to document the inoculation of children there for the first time with vaccines to prevent pneumonia and diarrhea. The White House credits ONE and it’s supporters with pushing for monetary commitments to help fund the GAVI campaign (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations) last year. By 2015 millions of lives will be saved by actions you may have taken to support the campaign. All this goes to once again prove the power of one.
You can follow along on the trip on Facebook and Twitter (#ONEMoms @ONECampaign #vaccineswork #GAVIAlliance) and of course the ONE Moms Blog to get the latest information from the field. You can also follow the blogs and tweets of those traveling with us to Ghana:
Ana Roca Castro, Babble Voices @AnaRC @BabbleEditors
Amy Graff, BabyCenter, @bayareamoms
Rich Galen, Mullings @richgalen
Bryant Shannon, Life In Rupees, @BShannon