Friday, February 15, 2013

Shot@Life Champion Summit Recap

I fell off the blogging track this week and landing in another world: Washington, DC, where I found myself learning a new trade: Advocacy 101.




I spent hours trudging along from office to office, meeting with my state representatives on Capitol Hill, to educate them, to urge them to support the movement at hand and to ask for continued support. During the 3-day summit, the United Nations Foundation Shot@Life team, which I am proudly a part of, met with over 100 Congressional Offices. 
Why? 

Because every child deserves a shot at life.


Did you know that 1 in 5 children lack access to the vaccines that they need to survive? That every 20 seconds, a child dies of a disease that can be prevented by a vaccine? Those kids will never get a shot at blowing out the candles on their 5th birthday cake or setting off to a first day of school. 

The goal of the Shot@Life campaign is to stop the 1.5 million vaccine-preventable childhood deaths that could be eliminated with a simple vaccine. By providing 4 target life-saving vaccines (polio, measles, pneumococcal and rotavirus), we can provide children around the world with a shot at life. A simple contribution of $20 will immunize a child against these four diseases.
Our team also spent time urging our representatives to support our goal of eradicating polio for good. Polio is only endemic in 3 countries around the world (Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan). In January, 2013, India marked two years without reporting a single case of polio and thus went from having having half of the world's polio cases in 2009 to becoming polio-free. We must push for polio eradication in the 3 remaining polio-endemic countries before we begin seeing more cases spread to previously polio-free countries.  

I am now in planning mode, and looking forward to hosting two upcoming benefits for Shot@Life. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about Shot@Life - please post in the comments below or email me at amy.bizzarri@gmail.com. Consider donating today - Just $20 can give a child a lifetime of immunity. 


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