Global Vaccine Efforts
Every 20 seconds a child dies around the world from a disease that can be prevented by a vaccine. Even with increased global immunization rates, one in five children still lacks access to these life-saving immunizations to protect them from diseases like polio, measles, diarrhea and pneumonia. Every Child By Two works with several organizations including Rotary International, The Task Force for Global Health, PATH, UNICEF and others to help expand access to vaccines in developing countries and potentially save over 1.5 million children every year. In 2012 the United Nations (UN) Foundation launched the Shot@Life campaign which ECBT proudly partners with. Every Child By Two has been helping to educate, connect and empower Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries.
Read about ECBT's Executive Director's recent trip to Kenya in the effort to eradicate polio.
"Healthy children help create a healthier world for everyone. As we know, germs and diseases don't need a passport. Expanding access to vaccines strengthens our ability to fight disease globally and keep our families healthy here at home, while saving lives and improving economic stability around the world. I am honored and excited that Every Child By Two has joined forces with Shot@Life to educate Americans and advocate on the importance of childhood vaccines around the world," said ECBT's Cofounder Rosalynn Carter at the campaign's national launch in Atlanta. ECBT’s Vaccine Ambassador to Shot@Life, Actor and Mother Amanda Peet, also attended the launch and both woman have been actively involved in many of the campaign’s activities.
Immunizations give children around the world a shot at more "firsts." Keeping kids healthy is the best way to ensure they reach the milestones that many in America routinely celebrate and take for granted...first smiles, first steps, first birthdays, first day of school and more. Shot@Life focuses on universal childhood moments to mobilize Americans, especially moms, to support vaccines and give all children access to important childhood milestones.
Every Child By Two has been assisting in the recruitment of official “Shot@Life Champions”. These Champions represent the campaign’s strongest supporters across the nation and are a diverse group of moms, dads, students, bloggers and others who believe in the importance of vaccines. They receive training in media, advocacy, and event planning to become effective ambassadors for Shot@Life. The campaign also asks Americans to contact their members of Congress to urge them to support global immunization programs. Sustaining U.S. government support for global childhood vaccines is critical to building a healthier and more secure world for us all.
Every Child By Two and Shot@Life are supporting UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), who all work to save lives and improve the health of millions of children by providing vaccines to children in developing countries.
For more information on how to get involved with the Shot@Life campaign, visit their website or Facebook page.