Immunization has saved the lives of more children than any other medical intervention in the last 50 years. Vaccines are safe, simple and one of the most cost-effective ways to save and improve the lives of children worldwide. However, many children in developing countries lack access to vaccines — often because they live in hard-to-reach communities and are among the most marginalized members of the community. Vaccines ensure that all children, no matter their circumstances, have a shot at a healthy life.
One in five children lacks access to the life-saving immunizations that keep children healthy. In fact, approximately 1.5 million children in developing countries die each year of a preventable disease like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and polio. Put another way, one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine. Coordinated worldwide vaccination efforts have made significant progress, particularly in reducing cases of measles and polio, but funding gaps could threaten these gains. Meanwhile, we now have vaccines that prevent the primary causes of pneumonia and diarrhea, the two leading causes of childhood mortality.
Shot@Life, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, educates, connects and empowers individuals to help protect children in developing countries from vaccine-preventable diseases. By joining this movement, you can help save a child's life every 20 seconds by learning about, advocating for and donating vaccines to children who need them most.
The Global Moms Relay is an opportunity to share stories of motherhood that inspire action to help improve the lives of mothers and children everywhere.
From May 3 to June 16, celebrities, community leaders, experts and parents will share their personal stories on what they wish were true for every child, everywhere. Every time you like, tweet, comment or share a post on social media, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 – up to $500,000 – to five causes that help improve the health and wellbeing of families worldwide: Shot@Life, Girl Up, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, UNFPA, and Nothing But Nets.
You can donate a photo to one cause, once a day.* For every photo donated to Shot@Life, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. has donated $1 to that cause. Photo donations to Shot@Life ended July 3, 2017. Shot@Life will receive a minimum of $20,000.
*unless otherwise specified