I don’t think I ever really realised just how important my little ones health was until they had their first experiences of being poorly. Of course I love them fiercely and I’ve always tried my best to give them the healthiest of meals, keep them warm and well rested and spray anti-bac like a mad woman when we’re out and about. But I guess until I saw Jasper battling his first sickness bug or Jenson struggling to breathe or feed through his first cold, I didn’t know quite how much I needed to be that anti-bac spraying mama. Immunisations were routine, something that were just done and I didn’t truly appreciate their need and how fortunate my family are to receive them so freely.
Hearing stories of poorly children in the media makes me want to squeeze my own that much tighter and knowing how sad and worried it makes me to see my children go through minor illnesses makes my heart hurt for those parents who are facing life threatening illness with their babies. I’m a firm believer in the concept that every child is everyone’s child; we all have a responsibility to care for every little soul and whatever I can do to help keep other babies safe I will; I’d like to know that someone would do that for my children if we needed it.
Pampers knows the magic that babies give to our world and have reunited once again with Unicef and launched their 1 pack = 1 vaccine campaign to support the fight against Maternal and Newborn Tetanus (MNT). Tetanus is something we are very privileged to be protected against here in the UK via a routine newborn vaccination and then with boosters as adults. Because of these vaccinations and our advanced medical care Tetanus isn’t a common disease here in the UK, however there are 19 countries across the world with 67 million mothers and babies still at risk which when put in perspective, means that 49,000 babies still die every year from Maternal & Newborn Tetanus – that’s one newborn fatality every 11 minutes!!
Tetanus is a disease caused by the bacteria that lives on dead and decaying matter in soil, animal dung and faeces, and is usually spread via an open wound. Once in the body the disease begins to work as a poison, affecting the central nervous system and causing painful and uncontrolled muscle spasms; it’s one of the most painful deaths known to human beings.
Newborn tetanus occurs between the 3rd and 28th days of life as a direct result of unhygienic birthing practices, like the umbilical cord being cut with instruments that haven’t been sterilised. Once a newborn has contracted Tetanus there is no real cure and in rural areas of developing countries, almost all infants that are infected will die. Maternal Tetanus occurs in mothers during unsafe or unsanitary delivery and can occur while the mother is pregnant or up to 42 days after she has given birth.
The Pampers-Unicef 1 pack = 1 vaccine campaign is simple; for every specially marked pack of Pampers sold before the end of December 2016, Pampers will donate the cost of one vaccine to support Unicef in the fight against Maternal & Newborn Tetanus. Since their partnership began in 2006, Pampers has donated funds for 300 million vaccines, helping to protect 100 million mothers and their newborns!
As mentioned above there are 19 countries left where MNT needs to be eliminated but amazingly this is already half of their initial goal back in 2006 as they have already managed to eliminate it from 19 countries! It’s an amazing accomplishment but there is still a long way to go and that’s where we come in. I know most of my readers are parents and nappies are something you probably stock up on a weekly basis so next time you go to pick some up, simply make sure you buy the Pampers packs which are specially marked. You can also donate a vaccine by sharing a photo of your baby using #PampersUnicef on Twitter and Facebook – how easy is that!?
Of course this is absolutely incredible of Pampers and Unicef but let’s give a cheer for the small heroes too; the babies that are wearing these nappies, blissfully unaware that they are in turn helping save the lives of their generation!
Being able to work on campaigns such as this one, that I’m truly passionate about, is something that I’m really grateful for and I really hope to continue to use my platform for meaningful projects like this!
Please do check out Pampers website for more info on their work with Unicef and how you can help!
Thanks for reading!
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