In January Save the Children launched it’s most ambitious campaign to date, No Child Born to Die. Every year 8 million children under five die from illnesses we know how to treat or prevent, such as diarrhoea and pneumonia.
This is my son’s portrait of his future self. An picture drawn by an innocent child. A child who is one of the lucky ones. Some children will never grow up and have a future. Here’s what you can do to help the not so lucky ones:
Save The Children is focusing on the provision of vaccinations and healthcare workers. In June there is a meeting in London hosted by David Cameron and attended by other world leaders. Save The Children aims to make as much noise as possible to ensure the funding shortfall for vaccinations (4.7 billion) is met by all the donor countries.
If this funding gap is met the vaccines that could then be provided would save the lives of millions of children.
This week 3 bloggers/ vloggers are going to Mozambique to follow the journey of a vaccine from the coldstore in the city right down to a rural community. They will write, make films and tweet about their experiences, the children and families they meet and the challenges of “cold” vaccinations in hot countries.
The bloggers going are diverse, Lindsay Atkin (@Liliesarelike) is a hugely popular YouTuber, Chris Mosler (@christinemosler) is an influential parenting blogger and Tracey Cheetham (@tchee) is a popular political blogger and recently elected councilor.
What you can do:
- If you have a blog, pass it on. Get your child to draw a self portrait of themselves now or in the future, write a post about it and pass this on by tagging 8 other bloggers.
I am tagging:
But please, if you are reading and havent been tagged, take part too and pass it on to more fellow bloggers.
- Sign the petition to the government for the funding gap to be met, to enable millions of children to receive the vaccinations which could prevent them needlessly dying from preventable diseases. The petition closes on Sunday 29th May, so do it today!
If you are on Twitter, tweet about it using the hashtag #passiton
(Thanks to Rebecca at Mum Of 3 Boys for the tag)