Those of you who are looking for a way to help impoverished children, here's your chance! All you have to do is to sign a petition for ONE and save 4 million kids' lives in the next 5 years.
Every year in the developing world, nearly 1 out of 3 child deaths is caused by diarrhea or pneumonia. These two preventable diseases kill more kids than malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined. Crazy, isn't it? But for the very first time, we’ve got two new vaccines—one for pneumonia, one for diarrhea—that will protect kids for the rest of their lives.
We've only got a few weeks to make it happen because in just a few short weeks, the White House will decide how much to pledge to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (called GAVI). It is our responsibility to tell them that every kid deserves a healthy life, and we must take measures to ensure that.
ONE's petition reads like this:
"Childhood vaccines are one of the most cost-effective ways to save lives and prevent disease for a lifetime. Please fund two proven, new vaccines that will help stop pneumonia and diarrhea—two of the biggest killers of children in poor countries."
You can sign the petition at http://www.one.org/us/actnow/vaccines2011/
Mother Teresa once said, "It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” It is high time we change the saying. It is high time we make sure that no child dies to make us live. I have already signed the petition, and I am hoping you will do your part as well!