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Mocha Moms, Inc. Stands Up for Global Childhood Vaccines

National non-profit joins United Nations Foundation Shot@Life campaign to help children in developing countries get access to life-saving vaccines.

Prince Georges County, MD - April 19 –Mocha Moms, Inc., the national non-profit organization that supports at-home mothers of color, has announced the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign as its newest partner. Shot@Life is a first-of-its-kind campaign to raise awareness and funds for the millions of children in developing countries who do not have access to vaccines.

According to the United Nations, every 20 seconds a child dies around the world of a disease that can be prevented by a vaccine. Even with increased global immunization rates, one in five children still lacks access to these life-saving immunizations to protect them from diseases like polio, measles, diarrhea and pneumonia. With expanded access to vaccines, 1.5 million children in developing countries can be saved every year. As a campaign partner, Mocha Moms, Inc. will activate its chapters and networks to help raise the critical awareness and funds to provide more vaccines to these children who need them most.

"The cornerstone of our organization is community service. More than 100 Mocha chapters in 29 states are taking our hearts for service to a global audience," said Kuae Mattox, Mocha Moms Inc. national president. "In America we have a choice. Mothers in other countries do not. Children are fighting for their lives and they need the same Shot@Life that we have."

The UN Foundation says immunizations give children around the world a shot at more "firsts." Keeping kids healthy is the best way to ensure they reach the milestones that many in America routinely celebrate and take for granted—first smiles, first steps, first birthdays, first day of school and more. Shot@Life focuses on universal childhood moments to mobilize Americans, especially moms, to support vaccines and give all children access to important childhood milestones.

"Imagine if nearly half the children enrolling in kindergarten this year in the U.S. were to die of diseases that can be prevented by a vaccine. That’s how many children die each year in developing countries because they don’t get the shots they need," said Devi Ramachandran Thomas, director of the Shot@Life campaign. "We are so excited that Mocha Moms has joined us to help ensure that all children—no matter where they live—have the healthy shot at life they deserve."

Mocha Moms, Inc. and Shot@Life will support the work of UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI Alliance) to continue to save lives and improve the health of millions of children by providing vaccines to children in developing countries.

For more information on how to get involved with Mocha Moms Inc., go to mochamoms.org or visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/mochamoms.

For more information on how to get involved with the Shot@Life campaign, go to shotatlife.org, visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/shotatlifecampaign or click here to contribute. 

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About Mocha Moms

Mocha Moms, Inc. was founded in 1997 by four mothers of color in Maryland who saw the need for a growing segment of stay at home mothers of color to connect and support each other. Today, the national, non-profit organization has 100 chapters and more than 3,000 members in 29 states throughout the country, as well as partnerships with such organizations as the America’s Promise Alliance, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Be The Match (formerly the National Marrow Donor Program) and Donate Life America. The primary mission of Mocha Moms, Inc. is to support and encourage women of color who are making parenting a priority in this season in their lives. Its platform includes strengthening marriages and families, promoting self-care, strong educational foundations and volunteerism. All chapters are actively engaged in a wide range of community service, including mentoring students, hosting educational summits, financial forums and healthy moms symposiums, and setting up reading nooks in barbershops and beauty shops throughout the country as part of the groundbreaking national initiative Boys Booked on Barbershops.

Mocha Moms, Inc. welcomes people of all genders, religions, races, educational backgrounds, and income levels. Anyone who supports the mission of Mocha Moms, Inc. is welcome to join.
Mocha Moms, Inc. has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC’s Nightline, Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Essence, Ebony and JET.

About Shot@Life

Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. A national call to action for this global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate vaccines, the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign will decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life. To learn more, go to ShotAtLife.org.

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.


 

 


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