The story of Rosa:
Rosa is a pregnant woman with Aids living in Mozambique. She is due to give birth any day now but she is still working on the rice farm in the 106 degree heat. The clinic is 4 hours away and there is no transportation, no roads. So when she starts to go into labor, she stands up and starts to walk. When she gets there, she squats outside with the rest of the women in labor until it is time for the baby to be delivered.
When the baby is born, the doctor asks her if this is her first child. She replies, â€œItâ€™s the first one to live.â€
For the first 3 weeks of the babyâ€™s life, he will need to take various medications on a daily basis to make sure the AIDS virus wonâ€™t be passed on to him. Since Rosa canâ€™t read, she canâ€™t tell the medicines apart or how much to give him. Even if she could read, the dosages are determined by her sonâ€™s weight which will continually change and Rosa canâ€™t do simple math. Even if she could do simple math, she would need to know how much the baby weighs. Rosa doesnâ€™t own a scale.
So Rosa and her son will make the 8 hour round-trip journey to and from the clinic every single day in the hot sun for the next 3 weeks to ensure his health. Yet, Rosa feels blessed. Her son was born in a clinic with clean water and a bed with clean sheets. Thanks to the medical staff at that clinic & UNICEF, her son is alive.
UNICEFâ€™s mission is â€œWhatever it takes to save a child.â€
When Pampers was looking for a worthy charity to partner up with, there was no doubt that it would be UNICEF. UNICEF has saved the lives of more children in 157 countries around the world than any other charity. What they decided to do was provide needy children with tetanus shots in the â€œOne Pack = One Vaccinationâ€ campaign. For every specially marked package of Pampers you buy, they will pay for one tetanus vaccination.
Yes, tetanus is still around and just as deadly as ever. The tetanus virus can be found in soil, animal waste, and in the air. All you need is an open cut and your child could become exposed to tetanus. Kind of scary, huh?
Well, in underdeveloped countries, when a baby is born the umbilical cord is cut using a rusty cane knife. Then they put dirty soil on the wound to stop the bleeding. This is the same soil that the farm animals are leaving fecal matter in. Thus, the spread of tetanus.
However, just one shot which, by the way, only costs 5 cents can save the life of this child.
A child who contracts tetanus will experience muscle spasms, inability to eat, and painful seizures that are triggered by light and touch. Can you imagine not being able to hold your baby for fear youâ€™ll cause him unbearable pain?
So far, the â€œOne Pack = One Vaccinationâ€ has saved the lives of 27 million women & babies around the world. Letâ€™s keep the momentum going and help support the amazing efforts of UNICEF & Pampers!
BTW, Pampers donated 1,000 vaccinations in the name of every Mommy Blogger that attended this conference. Thatâ€™s a total of 15,000 children that will not have to suffer from tetanus. How great is that?
Now it’s your turn. See that little widget in the sidebar? If you could donate whatever you can – even $1 will go towards 20 vaccinations. That’s 20 lives in which you can make a difference. Thereâ€™s also a tab where youâ€™ll be able to immediately print out a tax receipt. Canâ€™t get any easier than that!
Each vaccination costs only 5 cents and will help ensure that another person does not die of Maternal or Neonatal Tetanus. Itâ€™s the best 5 cents youâ€™ll ever spend.
Photo taken outside the Procter & Gamble Headquarters by Elizabeth of Table for Five.
Lisa from My Thoughts, Ideas, & Ramblings , Erica from Yummy Mummy Club, Stacy from MomCentral, Amanda from OhAmanda, Me, Amanda from Petite Mommy Blog, Heather from Lil Sugar, Romi from True Mom Confessions, Christine from Boston Mamas.
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