Peo­ple dy­ing for vac­cines

The Daily Courier - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor: While those of us in Canada en­gage in silly ar­gu­ments about whether to vac­ci­nate or not, in 2017 vac­cines saved be­tween two and three mil­lion lives around the world. Po­lio, that once great de­stroyer of hu­man po­ten­tial, has been re­duced to just 22 new cases!

De­spite this achieve­ment, over 19 mil­lion chil­dren around the world are still not re­ceiv­ing rou­tine vac­ci­na­tions, and the con­se­quence of this falls dis­pro­por­tion­ately on women, who are the pri­mary care­givers for the ill.

In the 2018 fed­eral bud­get, the govern­ment re­it­er­ated its com­mit­ment to the em­pow­er­ment and equal­ity of women and girls around the world. Vac­cines dis­pro­por­tion­ately aid women by free­ing them from car­ing for the sick to work to im­prove their own lives and those within their com­mu­nity.

Canada can help these women by en­sur­ing their chil­dren get the vac­cines they need.

Anita Mark Saanich

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