World Immunization Week 2014 Begins Tomorrow!

by LCIF

A child is vaccinated in Nigeria thanks to the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles InitiativeLions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions around the world will be celebrating this year’s World Immunization Week beginning tomorrow and running through Wednesday, April 30.

Lions, LCIF and our partners are working hard to stop measles. Throughout this week, blog posts will include topics from the LCIF Chairperson, Lions who have been involved with vaccination campaigns, photos, country profiles and our partners at the GAVI Alliance.

In addition, LCIF is celebrating World Immunization Week through a 30-day challenge for the month of April: to raise US$1 million for measles. When you make a donation to measles through the end of April, it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the family of Aruna and Abhey Oswal, for a total of up to US$500,000! Every dollar that you donate is doubled until we meet our goal.

Thank you for your support!

it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the Oswal family, for a total of up to US$500,000! Every dollar that you donate is doubled until we meet our goal. – See more at: http://www.lcif.org/blog/page/2/#.U1gc47TigRc
it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the Oswal family, for a total of up to US$500,000! Every dollar that you donate is doubled until we meet our goal. – See more at: http://www.lcif.org/blog/page/2/#.U1gc47TigRc
it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the Oswal family, for a total of up to US$500,000! Every dollar that you donate is doubled until we meet our goal. – See more at: http://www.lcif.org/blog/page/2/#.U1gc47TigRc

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News Release: LCIF Promotes the Life-Saving Value of Vaccines for World Immunization Week

by LCIF
A child in Uganda receives a measles vaccination through a Lions-led campaign, protecting him against the deadly disease

A child in Uganda receives a measles vaccination, protecting him against the deadly disease.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is encouraging Lions around the world to take part in World Immunization Week, April 24–30, 2014. This week-long event is designed to raise awareness of the life-saving value of vaccines and encourage families to vaccinate their children.

In celebration of World Immunization Week, LCIF has launched a 30-day challenge to raise US$1 million for the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative. Measles donations to LCIF during the month of April will be matched by the family of Lions Abhey and Aruna Oswal, of New Delhi, India, for a total donation of up to US$500,000.

Lions in many African and South Asian countries will be actively promoting the 2014 World Immunization Week theme, “Are you up-to-date?” in their local communities. In coordination with their ministries of health and other partners, Lions will encourage community members to get up-to-date on any needed vaccines, and advocate for strengthening the immunization systems in their countries.

Measles is a highly infectious disease that kills an estimated 335 people every day, mostly children, even though there is a safe and cost-effective vaccine available. Measles can also lead to serious complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis and blindness. Routine immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health initiatives today.

To continue its work in the fight against measles, LCIF partnered with the GAVI Alliance in 2013 to protect millions of children in the world’s poorest countries against measles. Over 100 million children will be vaccinated through the partnership.

“I’m proud of what Lions have accomplished in the fight against measles, and we’re looking forward to accomplishing more with the GAVI Alliance. Together, we are saving lives and making the future safer, healthier and brighter for children,” said LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden.

LCIF has committed to raising US$30 million to improve access to vaccines through the GAVI Alliance. The funds will be matched by the UK’s Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing the total to US$60 million. Lions also play a key role in social-mobilization efforts in GAVI-supported vaccination campaigns.

Lions clubs and GAVI work with ministries of health in developing countries to ensure children are vaccinated against measles and rubella. Lions also work with local leaders, coordinate community-level publicity and serve as volunteers at vaccination centers.

“The partnership between GAVI and Lions Clubs provides a tremendous opportunity to extend the benefits of immunization to tens of millions of children by helping mobilize parents to get their kids immunized, including against measles and rubella,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, the GAVI Alliance.

Lions have been active in GAVI-supported measles and measles-rubella immunization campaigns in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and Bangladesh. Lions will be supporting measles-rubella campaigns in Tanzania and Burkina Faso later this year.

Learn more about how Lions can support World Immunization Week by contacting the Lions Clubs International Foundation at lcifdevelopment@lionsclubs.org.

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Media Contact:
Christopher Bunch
Communications Manager

About Lions Clubs International Foundation
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International. Since its founding in 1968, LCIF has given more than US$826 million in grants to support the work of Lions in their local and global efforts to save sight, serve youth, provide disaster relief, and meet humanitarian needs, including efforts to combat measles. Learn more at www.lcif.org.

About GAVI Alliance
The GAVI Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing access to immunization in poor countries. The Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. GAVI uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, GAVI has contributed to the immunization of an additional 440 million children and the prevention of approximately 6 million future deaths. Learn more at www.gavialliance.org.

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Video: WHO World Immunization Week 2014 – Know, Check, Protect

by LCIF

World Immunization Week starts next week! This short video from the World Health Organization encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check whether your vaccinations are up-to-date, and to get the vaccines you need, when you need them.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions are supporting worldwide efforts to end measles through the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative. In celebration of World Immunization Week from April 24 – 30, LCIF has launched a 30 day challenge to raise US$1 million for the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative!

When you make a donation for measles during the month of April 2014, it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the family of Abhey and Aruna Oswal, for a total of up to US$500,000.

Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect.

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Video: The Impact of Vaccines

by LCIF

In this video created by our partners at the GAVI Alliance, learn about how vaccinations make a larger impact in the world beyond just providing health benefits.

You can learn about Lions Clubs International Foundation’s work with the GAVI Alliance and against measles online.

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Safeguarding a Nation: Lions Address Measles in Botswana

by LCIF

April_2014_LION_CoverWhen Leganne Matlho’s eldest son fell sick at the age of 10 with a high temperature and “sores all over his body,” his mother did not at first realize how serious the situation could become.

She had heard of measles–children in her town in northern Botswana had died from it in the past. But for a day or two she waited before taking Titoga to a clinic, where doctors prescribed immediate treatment and told her that she had been lucky he had not deteriorated faster.

“I was so frightened that some illness he can catch without me knowing could have caused him to be blind, or even to die, very quickly,” Matlho says, sitting in the shade in her swept yard where tomatoes, kale and lettuce grow in neat lines in the sandy soil. “It was only after that I came to realize that there is a protection against this disease in the form of an injection, something Titoga did not get. Since that day that my son was sick, all of my children have been vaccinated.”

Piwane, Matlho’s 15-month-old daughter, was the latest to be given the shot, at a health center here in SelebiPhikwe, a mining town set in flat land in Botswana’s east, 250 miles north of the capital, Gaborone.

She was one of close to 200,000 children aged between 9 months and 5 years immunized during a five-day nationwide campaign in November in which Botswana’s Lions played a key role.

Read the rest of this article by Mike Pflanz in the April 2014 edition of LION Magazine to learn how Lions are addressing measles in Botswana.

During the month of April, LCIF has issued a 30 day challenge to help celebrate this year’s World Immunization Week from April 24-30: to raise US$1 million for measles!

When you make a donation for measles during the month of April 2014, it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the family of Abhey and Aruna Oswal, for a total of up to US$500,000. Learn more on the LCIF websitehttp://lion.ly/vl4dZ.

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