WHO World Immunization Week

This week is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Immunization Week (WIW), aimed to promote the use of vaccines that protect children and adults from deadly disease. The vaccine is a powerful tool that “immunizes” people against diseases like pneumonia, polio, measles, rubella and tetanus – preventing 2 to 3 million deaths each year.

As a part of the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative, Lions worldwide have worked to provide vaccinations and reduce the deaths caused by measles and rubella.

  • Lions have helped vaccinate more than 200 million children worldwide since 2010 (157 million just last year!), alongside LCIF partners in the Measles and Rubella Initiative.
  • Last year, Lions were active in measles campaigns in Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Niger, Cameroon, and Nepal. Lions were proud to mobilize funds to make measles campaigns possible, protecting children and saving lives.
  • During WIW 2013, Lions are joining with partners not only in Atlanta but in many events in Africa and South Asia to raise awareness of the benefits of immunization.
  • Last year Lions mobilized $15 million to support carrying out measles campaigns. This was $10 million from LCIF and $5 million from BMGF challenge grant.

How is your Lions club recognizing World Immunization Week?

Photo Credit: PAHO

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