Oakwood University Hosts International Vaccination Training and Advocacy Program

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – According to a recent US report from the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research, 49 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 24 do not receive all of the recommended vaccinations or do not get vaccinated at all.

On Monday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m., Oakwood University is hosting a vaccination training and advocacy program for its students by Shot@Life, which specifically seeks to protect children worldwide by providing much-needed vaccines.

“There are so many children dying every day due to lack of vaccines,” says Onesimus Otieno, PhD, a biology professor at Oakwood University. “The interesting thing is it doesn’t cost very much to vaccinate a child and actually eradicate some of those diseases. What we’ve noticed is that with time, some of the diseases that have been almost eradicated have revamped just because of the loss of the infrastructure for vaccination.”

Representatives from the UN Foundation (www.unfoundation.org) and ADRA International (www.adra.org) are conducting and sponsoring this training workshop. It will cover details on activities of the two sponsoring organizations; provide tools for organizing your community, identifying stakeholders and lobbying congress.

“In training young professionals for service to God and humanity, we believe it is essential that they become agents of change in their communities,” Otieno says.

“Oakwood has also developed initiatives to complement its role as a global partner by leading a consortium of institutions in both Africa and the Caribbean. These are among the factors that made the Shot@Life program a natural fit for Oakwood University,” he said.

The symposium will take place in the Cooper Complex Auditorium.