Wednesday, November 18, 2009

YCM's Favorite Things - Pampers

Watching Selma Hayek pull her left teat out to breast feed a hungry child was a lot of things but most of all it was amazing. I mean, how many of us (let's be honest) would have done that for someone in another country that didn't look like you, much less for someone in your own backyard? For that I commend Selma for that and for her joint venture with Pampers to help newborns and their mothers live.

When I first had MIB, I was choosing her diapers based on best absorbency or lowest price. But whenever I had the money to purchase Pampers products (diapers, wipes, etc.) I went ahead and bought them because of their 1 pack = 1 vaccine program.

Pampers joined with UNICEF to promote the 1 pack = 1 vaccine program because of the number of children and women that are dying because of a basic and readily available (in the U.S. and other 'developed' countries) tetanus vaccine. According to UNICEF, over 160,00 mothers and newborn babies are dying because of the lack of the vaccine in various countries around the world. Pampers and UNICEF have agreed to use a portion of their profit from the purchase of their various Pampers products to provide those women and children with the tetanus vaccine (which comes out to $0.07 per shot. SEVEN.CENTS.). This year, they've been able to provide over 30 million tetanus shots to the underprivileged. (1)

Tetanus is a bacterial disease caused by Clostridium tetani and is spread when someone with an open wound comes in contact with feces or decaying matter in and on the ground. Newborns usually suffer from neonatal tetanus, which usually appears during the birthing process (because of unclean birthing practices and other unclean surfaces/tools used during childbirth). Some of the symptoms of tetanus are: lockjaw, painful muscle spasms, and the inability to breastfeed. These spasms can lead to the newborns inability to breath and eventually their death. Getting a child the tetanus shot immediately after birth can help over 125,000 babies in medically underdeveloped countries live. (2)

If you have children still in diapers, please support the 1 pack = 1 vaccine program sponsored by Pampers and UNICEF. By the diapers, training pants, and wipes to make sure that thousands more children aren't suffering from tetanus and possibly dying horrible deaths. Just like your child, they are innocent beings that didn't ask to be brought here and if we have the ability to save their lives by getting something that we would have to purchase anyway, do it.


  1. WOW! I did not know that about Tetanus. THanks for the article. It really informed me!

  2. Hey Sha'ahn!
    (sorry it took me so long to get back to you...I was still trying to iron out the H1N1 bug on the PC lol)
    But I was shocked when I read that too. It's really sad that we as the richest country in the world could allow women and innocent babies to die from a SEVEN.CENT vaccine. Pampers are high as hell but I'm glad I spent the was well worth it.




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