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 lifesaving 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.
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 December 31, 2018. Shot@Life will receive a minimum of $30,000.
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