The Baby Box and UNICEF Ireland, giving all children the best possible start in life.
Here at thebabybox.com, our goal is to promote safe sleeping for all infants and to bring the wonderful tradition of The Baby Box to families all around the World.
We believe that all babies should be given an equal start in life regardless of where they are born. That is why we have partnered with UNICEF to distribute 10 Vaccination Kits to new-born children in the developing World for every Baby Box sold. Each of these kits contains 3 Vaccines – One for Polio, one for Tetanus and one for Measles. These vaccines ensure that children are protected against these three very dangerous and potentially fatal diseases.
(L-R) James Fox, Founder – The Baby Box, Cathy Kelly – UNICEF Ambassador, Peter Power – Executive Director UNICEF Ireland
Peter Power, Executive Director, UNICEF Ireland: “Every 20 seconds, a child in the developing world dies from a preventable disease. UNICEF and its partners are working to eradicate that risk by providing as many children as possible with the protection of a vaccination.”
Cathy Kelly, best-selling author and UNICEF Ambassador: “James Fox is one of an exciting new breed of entrepreneurs with a social conscience. His thebabybox.com initiative is inspirational and I wish him the very best of luck with it. Any sales will bring huge benefit to some of the infants in greatest need in our world and that is something really worth supporting.”
Together we can help eradicate these dangerous and potentially fatal diseases for good.
UNICEF’s Believe in Zero Campaign
No child should ever die from a preventable disease. Yet one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease preventable by vaccine.
As the organisation that has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organisation, UNICEF is committed to doing whatever it takes, until we can ensure that no child dies from a preventable disease.UNICEF, the world’s largest buyer of vaccines, provides immunization for forty percent of the world’s children.
Since 1980, UNICEF has helped quadruple immunization rates for children worldwide. Today, infant and childhood vaccination saves up to 3 million children’s lives a year.
Conflict, displacement and poverty keep some of the most vulnerable children from getting the vaccines they need. Today, 1.5 million children die every year because they were not vaccinated. If all children were immunized with existing vaccines, by 2020 we would save nearly 25 million lives. Together we can save children’s lives. Together we can achieve ZERO.
Eradicating Polio, Neonatal Tetanus & Measles
We are closer than ever to ending polio. In 1988 there were 350,000 cases of polio in the world and in 2014, only 359. Never before in the history of polio have there been so few children in so few countries with the crippling virus, but obstacles remain on the road to zero cases.
Neonatal tetanus (NT) is a swift and painful killer disease that killed 49,000 new-borns in 2013 alone. A significant number of women also die to due to maternal tetanus every year.
Once the disease is contracted, the fatality rate can be as high as 100% without hospital care and between 10% to 60% with hospital care. The true extent of the tetanus death toll is not known as many new-borns and mothers die at home and neither the birth nor the death is reported.
Measles, a virus that attacks the respiratory tract, is one of the most contagious diseases known. Children are especially vulnerable for deadly infections – 330 children die from measles every day, despite the availability of a safe, effective and affordable vaccine. Measles survivors are often left with life-long disabilities, such as blindness, deafness or brain damage.
A simple vaccine administered to a new born child can help protect children from these dangerous and potentially fatal diseases. To find out more on UNICEF’s immunisation programmes for children click here – http://www.unicef.org/immunization/
Together we can help give all children the best possible start in life. Together we can help eradicate these dangerous and potentially deadly diseases for good.
For more information on UNICEF’s global work for children please visit http://www.unicef.ie