I don’t think that I am going to get any letters through the post today, but who cares?! This beautiful postcard pinged into my inbox from www.mummybarrow.com, taken as part of her travels in Ghana with #TeamHonk and Comic Relief.
I know that it was taken during the team’s visit to a vaccine clinic just outside the capital, Accra. The clinic is funded by Comic Relief through the Gavi Alliance, and offers parents the chance to get their children vaccinated against illnesses such as measles, polio and yellow fever.
Listening to staff working at the clinic on a BBC4 Woman’s Hour podcast I am struck by how big a difference such a relatively small intervention can make. 250 children are seen each time at the monthly clinic, and take-up is very high. Immunisation programmes have been widespread in the developed world for such a long time, but in Accra, they are so new that parents know from their own experience how devastating these illnesses can be, and are very enthusiastic when offered the chance to protect their children from death or possible serious complications.
Anyway, I shall let this lovely picture speak for itself. I am especially pleased that the baby looks no more pleased at her jabs than any of mine did. Kids, eh?
For the past 25 years the money raised through Red Nose Day has been changing the lives of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. Let’s Keep Up the Good Work. Find out how at rednoseday.com
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