I was supposed to write this post weeks ago. I added it to my to-do list and even wrote an outline of what I was going to say.
Then I got on with my life, which included the relative luxury of walking the length of Oxford Street taking in the Christmas lights and shopping in John Lewis. I even, during that time, posted about a trip to Selfridges on this blog.
And I lost the ideas I’d written down to include in this post.
I feel more than a little guilty now because I haven’t got round to writing this until now, until this video was posted in my Facebook timeline, and I was taken back to a different time and a different place and a world so far removed from my own it’s so easy to forget it exists. Which we must never do.
My life has moved on substantially since that once in a lifetime trip to Africa with Pampers and UNICEF.
It marked the start of a brand new chapter for me. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now if it wasn’t for that trip. It changed my outlook on life, it taught me to look after my health and it helped me mature and grow up. It taught me I was more capable than I realised. It spurred me on and I haven’t looked back.
But for many women in the developing world, their lives today will be very much the same as they were then. The same hardship, the same struggles, the same risk of dying in childbirth or losing a child before the age of five.
It shouldn’t be that way. We can do something to change this. We can continue to support Pampers and UNICEF and help eliminate Tetanus in our lifetime. We can take one deadly disease off the map completely. One less disease to claim the lives of these young children. One less struggle.
The Pampers and UNICEF partnership is now in its 7th year. Since 2006, Pampers has donated funds for 300 million vaccines that are helping to protect 100 million women (of child bearing age) and their babies. Yet (MNT) still threatens the lives of approximately 130 million women and their newborns in 33 countries, so our support is still needed.
This year they are running the ‘Picture A Better Future’ campaign. For every specially marked pack of Pampers bought, or mum and baby photo uploaded on to the Pampers Facebook page, Pampers will donate the cost of one tetanus vaccine to continue to support UNICEF in the fight against Maternal and Newborn Tetanus (MNT).
There is still time to support the campaign. It runs until the end of the year.