During our age of COVID-19, we are focused on the information and misinformation about the disease. Voices for Vaccines is a group that still advocates for stopping vaccine-preventable diseases across the world.
I am reposting a fundraising plea from Voices for Vaccines because we cannot forget that measles, polio, meningitis, and many other vaccine-preventable diseases that cannot be ignored.
I know times are tough, but please support this group whose only goal is to support efforts to stop dangerous and deadly diseases.
Help us respond to real vaccine-preventable disease threats
We are asking you to donate to our Community Immunity Champions program to respond to a real threat.
History has taught us that vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks can follow crises such as the one we are living through together now.
- Political disruptions and displacement led to a group A meningococcal outbreak in 1994 in Uganda and measles outbreaks in Ethiopia and Kenya in 2010-2011.
- Unequal access led to a resurgence of measles in the United States from 1989-1991.
- A measles outbreak in the Congo led to more than twice as many deaths there than the ebola outbreaks that preceded it.
- Worldwide measles outbreaks in the first half of 2019 surged, surpassing the previous years’ numbers.
- Hepatitis A outbreaks are already spreading in places such a Georgia, USA, with nearly a quarter of the almost 90 cases there requiring hospitalization.
- COVID-19 is forcing parents in vulnerable places across the world to skip routine immunization, and others are opting to wait to vaccinate their children for fear of the vaccine.
- Health misinformation continues to spread, weakening people’s faith in public health.
Voices for Vaccines wants to get to work right now to bolster confidence in vaccines to help alleviate fears and prevent VPD outbreaks.
And you can be part of this effort by supporting our Community Immunity Champions programs.
Today’s donors will help us launch the Community Immunity Champions program.
- WHAT: A parent-to-parent network that helps vaccine-hesitant parents understand the facts about vaccines so they can make healthy choices for their families.
- HOW: We are developing and providing training, tools, and resources to our community champions.
- WHEN: NOW! The fundraiser is March 30 – April 14. Once funded, we’ll begin developing the training and tools immediately.
- WHY: The anti-vaccine community is very small compared to the rest of us. But they are vocal and organized, and they are confusing parents with misinformation. We need to stand up in our communities, ensure the facts are clear, and help parents protect their children.
- WHO: YOU! It’s up to each of us to stand up and be heard. We are looking for 200 individuals at least $50 to help us help communities understand the facts and protect their children!