No child should die because of where they are born. Yet horrific diseases like measles, polio, and pneumonia can threaten the life of a child, even though we know how to prevent them.
But there’s good news! Since 2000, the world’s largest global vaccination programme, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has saved the lives of over 13 million babies and children and distributed over 760 million vaccines. It’s done this with the support of governments around the world, including the UK through its aid programme
Thanks to Gavi, millions of kids have lived to celebrate their fifth birthday, and next year the UK will be hosting an international summit on its behalf and fundraise the money needed to help it vaccinate 300 million more children and save millions more lives by 2025. And if the UK steps up with a big pledge, it will lead the world and encourage other governments to join them.
Every mother should be able to watch her baby grow up healthy — and thanks to Gavi, this is the reality for more and more people. Yet around the world, almost 20 million babies and children still miss out on the basic vaccinations they need every single year.
Where you live shouldn’t decide whether you live. Help save more lives: tweet the new UK government to support Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to #DefeatDiseaseTogether.