Pictured (left to right): UNICEF supporters Paul Clark (UTV) and John Clark (General Manager of Gordons Chemists)
UNICEF and Pampers have announced that more than 13,000 vaccines (for vaccination against maternal and neonatal tetanus) have been donated by the customers of Gordons Chemists.
Maternal and neonatal tetanus - a preventable disease that has been eliminated in Europe - still threatens the lives of almost 130 million women and their newborn children around the world. To put that figure into context - that's 73 times the population of Northern Ireland!
Much work still needs to be done in order to vaccinate the 130 million women and their babies who are still at risk, and ultimately reach the historic goal of eliminating this life-threatening disease from every corner of the globe.
In total, 36,778,713 vaccines have been donated this year across the UK and Ireland from the Pampers UNICEF ‘1 pack = 1 vaccine’ campaign, which is now in its seventh year. This initiative sees Pampers one vaccine donated by Pampers, to UNICEF, for each specially marked pack of Pampers nappies that is sold.
However, Gordons Chemists offers two vaccines for each pack that's bought, doubling the number of women and babies vaccinated by the initiative.
John Clark, General Manager of Gordons Chemists: “Gordons Chemists is committed to supporting life-saving campaigns. We are overwhelmed that our customers have supported this year’s Pampers and UNICEF vaccine campaign, as by simply purchasing a pack of Pampers they are helping to save lives.”
Catherine McMahon of Pampers expressed her thanks to the people of Northern Ireland. “The contribution of all those who have supported this campaign has made a genuine difference to the mothers and babies threatened by this preventable disease. Gordons Chemists and their customers have played a big part in helping to save lives; the donation of 13,517 vaccines really is a testament to the generosity of the people of Northern Ireland.”
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