The United Nation Foundation's Shot@Life is a campaign to bring awareness to and raise funds for the cause of global vaccinations for children in developing countries. Mocha Moms, Inc. joins other organizations such as American Academy of Pediatrics, Unicef, World Health Organization and others in a Partnership to help eradicate vaccine-preventable illnesses in developing countries.
This year marks two consecutive years of India being polio-free thanks to lifesaving vaccinations provided by organizations like Shot@Life. India must remain polio free for two more years before it can officially be declared eradicated in that country.
Why is this important to Mocha Moms?
Our children are global citizens. They are world travelers. As mothers, we understand the basic desire for all mothers is for our children to grow and thrive. We understand that when diseases are eradicated overseas, even our unvaccinated children are free to travel the world and return healthy, not posing a threat to their unvaccinated peers when they return. We saw, in Utah recently, how easily a disease, long-eradicated in our country, can be brought home from abroad and spread among unvaccinated children and adults. We understand that what sets us apart from mothers in developing countries who walk miles to have their children vaccinated is that we have the luxury of choice. We are fortunate to choose to vaccinate our child or not while knowing that our child will live to see their fifth birthday. We empathize with the mother in Africa whose only hope for their child to see even one birthday is access to lifesaving vaccinations. We understand that there are many moving parts and paths to eradicating diseases, including access to clean drinking water. There are efforts underway to provide access to clean drinking water, but realistically, in many slums throughout the world, clean drinking water is a distant hope. Vaccines save lives, in the meantime, today.
Mocha Moms Raquel and Tamara are honored to have been selected as Champions for Shot@Life. Two friends couldn't ask for a more bonding experience than working together for such an important cause. After the summit, they are prepared to do good work. They are excited about the year ahead and ready to get to the good work of giving mothers across the globe, the gift of celebrating their child's fifth birthday, and looking beyond that to their child's bright future.