Gift No. 31
Welcoming a baby to the world with good health and protection from disease is the best gift you can give. Vaccinations are simple and cheap, and providing one to a newborn in the developing world can mean the difference between life and death. A newborn care program teaches parents how to protect their child’s health from day one through proper feeding and hygiene, as well as providing vaccinations and other essential nutrients.
It’s heartbreaking to realize that almost one-third of deaths of children under 5 are from diseases that could have been prevented by a simple vaccine. Vaccinations alone save more than 3 million children each year, but as many as 23 million more infants are missing out on this affordable lifesaver. Even a baby born into poverty deserves a chance to thrive.