African leaders petitioned to stop child killers
From GERALD BUSINGE in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – AFRICAN leaders have been petitioned to collectively combat the prevalence of pneumonia and diarrhea, which have emerged the biggest killers of African children this year.
Minors under the age of five are most vulnerable to the diseases.
This is despite the fact the scourges are completely preventable through the power of vaccines and basic sanitation.
“We know how to prevent these diseases,” read a petition that has been written to the African leaders ahead of the African Union Summit meeting in Rwanda, set for next month.
“We have the tools,” read the petition.
The petitioners, lead by Speak Up Africa, reported that nevertheless, one in five African children still lacked access to basic, lifesaving vaccines.
“We need to change this reality. We need to rally all of our political will. We need to mobilize every single element of our societies to reach every child everywhere.”
With only few weeks left until the high level meetings of the African Union, petitioners have set a target of getting 10 000 signatures, so they can show evidence of support behind our appeal for universal access to immunization.
– CAJ News
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