The GOOD Vaccine Challenge: Win $5k to Raise Awareness About Vaccines

The Measles Initiative – a partnership between the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization – works to reduce measles deaths globally by providing financial and technical assistance to governments and communities for vaccination campaigns worldwide. Asia has been a key focus of the Measles Initiative. 

For a campaign to be successful, the community must participate.  The American Red Cross provides financial support and training to Red Cross and Red Crescent societies on community education and mobilization. This training prepares volunteers to go house-to-house to educate families about the importance of vaccination and where they can access immunization services – enabling campaigns to reach children in the most remote villages.

Since the Measles Initiative began in 2001, the Measles Initiative has helped vaccinate 600 million children in more than 60 countries.  From 2000 to 2007, measles deaths have declined by 74 percent globally.  Although measles deaths have declined, significant work remains.

In FY 2009, the Measles Initiative supported measles vaccination campaigns in Afghanistan and Georgia.  For FY 2010, additional campaigns are planned for Tajikistan and Yemen.  For more information, visit the Measles Initiative website.

GOOD is putting up $5,000 to fund an idea that helps increase understanding of the vital role of vaccines play in the fight for global health.

We are now accepting submissions. You can submit your idea here.

Things are easy for most of us in the United States: We are vaccinated as children and then never think about it again until we travel to a foreign country. So it’s probably news to many of us that, worldwide, more than 2 million children under the age of five still die each year from preventable diseases because they don’t get the vaccine shots they need.

Knowing that it’s something as simple as a shot—not complicated medical treatment—that could save the lives of 2 million kids is sobering. But most people don’t know the size of the problem or the simplicity of the solution. If more people understood this gaping hole in global health, perhaps we would muster the resources to do something about it.

So we are calling for ideas and projects that will raise awareness about this issue. We want you to submit your best idea for convincing people in your life—your friends, neighbors, family members—that vaccines matter and for getting vaccines to every child in the world, particularly in developing countries. We are looking for creative ways of spreading the word—from a video to educate your neighbors about the need for vaccines in developing countries to a product concept for improving the delivery of vaccines around the world. The sky is the limit. Start thinking about it now.

Submit your entries here.

The GOOD Vaccine Challenge will be open for submissions from February 14 to 18.

  • We’ll review each submission and select the top 100 for public vote. 
  • Public voting will be open from February 23 to March 2. 
  • The top project will receive $5,000 to jump-start their idea!

Mark your calendars, and check back here for a link to the submission form (UPDATE: Here is the link). Get ready to submit your best idea on Valentine’s Day.