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VACCINES: Immunizing kids is win-win for all

Letter by Donna Schindler Munro, Bremerton on June 20, 2011 at 10:34 am with 5 Comments »
June 20, 2011 10:34 am

I was very happy to see that the U.S. has pledged support for the GAVI Alliance (a public/private global health partnership to immunize children in the poorest countries). Today, more than 30 common infectious diseases are preventable with vaccines.

By the end of 2010, GAVI-funded vaccines had prevented more than 5 million future deaths caused by hepatitis B, Hib (H. influenza type b), pertussis, measles, yellow fever and polio, as well as new vaccines against pneumonia, meningitis and diarrhea. And that’s not including millions more who would have suffered debilitating illness and/or permanent disability.

Aside from the fact that this is the right thing to do, it is actually in our best interests. Widespread illness and disability ravage a community economically, increasing political instability. In sub-Saharan Africa, women produce 60 to 80 percent of the food crops. They can’t effectively do that and tend to sick and dying children. Of the world’s 20 poorest countries, 16 have suffered a major civil war in the last 20 years.

Developing countries are a significant growth market for American exports. Immunizing kids is a win-win situation.


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  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    As in Urban America….where are the men?? You’ll find that a huge amount of the sickness affecting the women in these countries are spred by the men who have no idea that rape is not normal, of of the concept of rubbers. The HIV and Hep rate in these Africian countries is nearly 100 percent.

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    BTW…YES, absolutely vaccinate these people…along with doing whatever is necessary to have the men keep it in their pants….good luck with that one; it really does seem to be cultural.

  3. Blaine, the more women are empowered economically, the better the situation will be. SO what is the benefit of war? As the men in these countries wage war, its the women who are keeping it together with what little they have. Have hope, in time they will see that it benefits all when women are empowered economically. There are organizations that help with that as well- all of these causes are good causes.

  4. BlaineCGarver says:

    Frida, I fear that when the Women as Head of Family concept takes hold, it will forever alter The Way Of Things for the worse…Not that they cannot do it, but because they were never meant to do it. What a boon if every Urban dad could be held accountable.

  5. letsworkitout says:

    Real chump move there. Talking about vaccines for kids and twisting into this. What is wrong with you? You are exactly the type of person that defines what is wrong with America. Too many care too much about party politics or sticking to the party line regardless of the circumstances. You are too closed in your little box butthead.

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