Friday, May 17, 2013
Take Action for Mothers & Babies: Ask Your Representative to Support Global Vaccines
I hope some folks were moved by my previous post with Ugandan 1st graders urging us to vaccinate against polio and measles. I asked for folks to join Shot@Life, but if you'd like to do more today, please consider a simple action that can have such a big impact for families all around the world. Write to your U.S. representative!
Right now, Congress is busy deciding how much money the U.S. government will spend next year – including how much will be spent to provide life-saving immunizations to children in developing countries. Last year, Congress agreed to spend $350 million on global vaccines. That's only 0.01% of the entire U.S. federal budget and will helps save the lives of 2.5 million children every year. But don't think about 2.5 million faceless numbers. Think about real mothers and babies like the ones my friends and I met in Uganda. Here are some of their pictures along with my fellow traveling companions/Shot@Life champions, Jen Burden of World Moms Blog and Felisa Hilbert of RESULTS. These beautiful angels deserve a chance at loving cuddles and happy days like at the Eid celebration we attended with UNICEF to bring immunizations to a whole community.
Children and mothers need your help to email Congress and ask them to help save the lives of millions of children by fully funding U.S. global vaccination and immunization programs.
We must tell our elected officials we care about giving every child, no matter where they live, a shot at a healthy life. Your voice matters and you can help ensure that all children have access to the vaccines that they need simply by sending an email to your representative right now.
Please tell your member of Congress to support funding for global vaccines in the current budget discussions.
Thank you for taking action.