At the end of the most unbelievable two weeks, we have the result we needed. The world’s leaders have pledged enough money to fill the funding gap and indeed exceeded it! I cannot tell you how that feels! I could leap up and punch the air, scream and whoop, turn a cartwheel, do an embarrassing Mum dance.
Now GAVI can carry on their good work and roll out the new vaccines and begin to stop children dying needlessly from diarrhoea and pneumonia. They can provide vaccines against those preventable childhood illnesses which our children receive as their right.
I have been privileged to watch Save the Children health workers providing such an incredible service in such difficult circumstances and to write about it. I only scratched the surface of the work this dedicated organisation is involved with. Every single person I met was willing to go the extra mile and beyond for these children. It was humbling.
As I sit here in this social media lounge, surrounded by tweeters, bloggers and press all pushing out information at speed my mind drifts back to Dulsa in April 7th village receiving a 5 in 1 Pentavalent vaccine and polio drops which will give her the possibility of a disease free start to life.
The announcement today means that she and all those other children just like her are given a chance at life. How fantastic is that?
It has been quite a ride. It doesn’t stop here.