We would like to introduce you all to this year’s official cause of the Type-A Parent Conference, the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life.
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.
Follow them at @shotatlife, like them on Facebook, be sure to say hello at their booth in the expo, and stop by their session Friday at 1:30. Using Your Writing for Good – an Intensive Workshop to Help You Write More Effectively About all the Things You Care About features speakers Devi Thomas, Amy Lupold Bair and Chrysula Winegar.
Want to learn more? Here are a few more details on the mission of Shot@Life:
- Every child deserves a shot at a healthy life, no matter where they live. Vaccines give children around the world a shot at more firsts. When a child begins life with the protection of vaccines, doors are opened for her growth and development—her first steps, first words, first day of school. She is more likely to celebrate birthdays, do well in school and go on to be a productive, healthy adult.
- Vaccines currently save 2.5 million children every year. They are modern miracles: for $20, you can immunize a child against four of the most deadly and disabling diseases, and help give her a future of firsts. Your donation will go to UNICEF, World Health Organization, and the GAVI Alliance – organizations funding and delivering vaccines in countries where the need is the greatest.
- Thanks to a coordinated global effort, in the last 20 years new cases of polio have dropped 99 percent and the world is nearly polio-free. The Measles Initiative has vaccinated one billion children in 60 developing countries since 2001, decreasing world measles deaths by 74 percent. Groundbreaking vaccines for pneumococcal disease and rotavirus are being introduced globally now and, if distributed widely, have the potential to save millions more children.