Thanks to Lions, LCIF and our partners in the Measles & Rubella Initiative, children around the world are receiving much-needed measles vaccinations. Local Lions focus their support on advocacy at the local, regional and national levels, direct involvement in social marketing, and financial support for One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative.
And people are taking notice:
“Lions are working to save lives. This is a critical campaign. We are ensuring lives for every child in Nepal. We are proud to be your partner in this effort,” said Hanaa Singer of UNICEF, a country representative in Nepal. “This is the largest ever public health campaign by the government aiming to vaccinate 9.9 million children. All partners join hands.”
“Because of the Lions advocacy program, we’re able to mobilize people from the grassroots to the highest level of the government,” said Past District Governor Tebebe Berhan of Ethiopia. Ethiopian Lions took responsibility for advocacy for their country’s 2012 African Vaccination Week efforts, including transmitting information in all languages of the region.
“I’ve witnessed a child with measles. I do not want this for my son. This vaccination is very important,” said Pascaline Rasoanjanahary, who heard of the vaccination week activities in her country of Madagascar through radio announcements created by local Lions. She brought her 9-month-old son Patrick to be vaccinated.
“The Gates Foundation is very proud to have been a partner in your early measles projects, and we’re excited to continue working together. … If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. With Lions in the lead, there is no telling how far we will go together,” said William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation has awarded $5 million to LCIF — the largest donation in Foundation history. This challenge grant will be used to match $1 for every $2 Lions raise to help eliminate measles.
“This is very necessary work. Health and social services are neglected areas in my country and we are happy to have your help,” said Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal, where the first phase of the measles and rubella campaign, supported by local Lions through One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative, began in February 2012.
“Thanks for your long-standing blindness prevention efforts. Measles and rubella play a role in blindness too. WHO will continue to be a partner in this effort. Thank you for your generous contributions to make this possible,” said Dr. W. William Schluter of the World Health Organization’s Program for Immunization of Preventable Diseases in Nepal.