Pampers & UNICEF’s “One Pack = One Vaccination” Campaign

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, “It’s the first one to live.”

For the first 3 weeks of the baby’s life, he will need to take various medications on a daily basis to make sure the AIDS virus won’t be passed on to him. Since Rosa can’t read, she can’t tell the medicines apart or how much to give him. Even if she could read, the dosages are determined by her son’s weight which will continually change and Rosa can’t do simple math. Even if she could do simple math, she would need to know how much the baby weighs. Rosa doesn’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.

UNICEF’s mission is “Whatever it takes to save a child.”

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 “One Pack = One Vaccination” 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 you’ll cause him unbearable pain?

So far, the “One Pack = One Vaccination” has saved the lives of 27 million women & babies around the world. Let’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. That’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. There’s also a tab where you’ll be able to immediately print out a tax receipt. Can’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. It’s the best 5 cents you’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.

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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18 Responses to “Pampers & UNICEF’s “One Pack = One Vaccination” Campaign”
  1. 1

    Elizabeth was telling me about this and I told my kids and now we are saving so that we can donate. She told MANY thing that they endure over there and it made me so sad.

    I’m glad you are getting the word out!

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    Dana says:

    I had no idea. Glad you are getting the word out like the first commentor said! Great picture of you guys. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip Kailani!

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      Ademoh says:

      So glad to hear you’re doing okay, Jenny, and back at home with your family. I read up on Tetanus after redniag your husband’s post. Pretty scary…and it sounds very painful. Hoping for a speedy recovery! (PS: I got my Tetanus booster 2 years ago after cutting myself on a filing cabinet. After hearing your story, I’m glad I did! If you don’t remember getting your last Tetanus shot, it’s time to get a booster.)

  3. 3
    Cristiana says:

    What a nice thought and nice campaign. I have been worked in P&G for a short while and they are pretty good at such campaigns, Moreover, Pampers is the best Diaper brand in several countries so I know that they are doing it for noble purpose. I know it is not an effort to boost Pampers’s sale but to help humanity.

  4. 4

    Thanks for sharing this story and spreading the word! I love that it’s from Mozambique. Infant mortality is way too high here, and it’s like death is expected, rather than the exception . . .

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      Erika says:

      Jenny-Excellent news that you are home. Take it easy and take your time getting back to all you have to do.Our son had a scary thing haeppn in 10th grade, a staph infection….it was a long road to get him back but we shall never forget how grateful we are to have him healthy and living a great life.When you have your health, you have your wealth.Keep the faith – you are in my thoughts and prayers.pve

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    BlapherMJ says:

    How wonderful to see a huge corporation doing something so important!
    p.s. – Wonderful picture!

  6. 6

    The story is breathtaking! It is possible for each person to make a difference in this world–big or small.

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    Missy says:

    awesome of Proctor & Gamble to do that.

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    Tara R says:

    I love the things Unicef does.

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    Rick Bucich says:

    Large industrial companies such as P&G do a tremendous amount of charitable work in the local community as well to directly impact lives. It really makes you proud to be part of an organization that actively pursues leveraging the help of its employees for nothing more than the benefit of others.

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    gives one pause, doesn’t it.

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    [...] little while ago I had published a post discussing the alarming effects that Tetanus has on women and children around the world and what [...]

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    [...] you have 5 cents to spare? If so, stop by An Island Life where your 5 cents can go to ensuring one person does not die of Maternal or Neonatal Tetanus. [...]

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      Park says:

      I ADORE these scarves! My girl isn’t even 2 yet, so i think she’s too young, but when she is a ltilte older I am certainly getting one of these for her! by February 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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    Alice says:

    Lovely that you’re home again Jenny. I got my tetanus vax when I stpeped on a rusty pole, and went straight to the doctor, as I couldn’t remember if or when I last had one! Hadn’t realized it was that dangerous though! Have a lovely weekend.

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