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Published On: Mon, May 6th, 2013

Lenny Kravitz teams up with UNICEF to do PSA on vaccine-preventable diseases

Multiple Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and guitarist, Lenny Kravitz, has partnered with UNICEF to create a new series of Public Service Announcements (PSA) to to urge people to join UNICEF to bring about an end to preventable child deaths through immunization.

Lenny Kravitz Image/UNICEF Video Screen Shot

Lenny Kravitz
Image/UNICEF Video Screen Shot

The PSAs focus on immunizations for children, encouraging the public’s donations and one specifically addressing polio.

In the latest video published by UNICEF today, Kravitz makes the following appeal:

Take a minute to think of all the opportunities you’ve had in life.
Everything you’ve had as a child.
Think of everything you want for your children.
Then, think of the millions of children who are born into desperate conditions.
Children who aren’t given the chance to lead a healthy life because they haven’t been vaccinated.
Simple vaccines that we take for granted could save them from deadly diseases.
Four out of every five children are immunized.
But one of five is still left behind.
This fifth child is the most vulnerable, and the least likely to survive and reach their full potential…the one that needs us the most.
With UNICEF’s help, we can reach every last child and give the same start to life as we give our own children.
It’s their right.  It’s our responsibility – it’s a promise for children.

In addition to the PSAs, Kravitz will use his social media platforms to share UNICEF’s call for 100 per cent immunization.

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare – an extremely ill child,” said Kravitz. “UNICEF’s goal is to make sure that 100 per cent of children are immunized against preventable diseases. Failing to reach every last child is unacceptable, especially when the cost of a vaccine is so little.”

Despite immunization remaining one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions—a lifesaving immunization against measles costs less than one dollar— nearly 20 per cent of the world’s children are still not immunized.

“As the largest procurer of vaccines, UNICEF helps immunize more than one third of the world’s children,” said Jos Vandelaer, Chief of Immunization for UNICEF. “UNICEF is well positioned to deliver vaccinations to every last child, which is very important if we are ever to reach a day where 100 per cent of children are fully immunized.”

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