Reach Out to the Media and Save Lives

Key Message

  • An investment in the health of children is an investment in our future.
  • 1 in 5 children born worldwide each year still do not have access to the most basic vaccines.
  • 1.5 million children die each year of vaccine preventable diseases.
  • Since its establishment in 2000, Gavi has supported the immunisation of nearly half a billion children.
  • Gavi aims to immunise another 300 million children between 2016 and 2020.
  • Australia should invest no less than AU $100 million per year into Gavi.

Four tips for writing your letter

  1. Just send it! Aim to get your letter completed and submitted immediately after this month’s Fact & Action Call. If it’s not perfect, send it anyway – then have another go at crafting a perfect letter to send elsewhere.
  2. Keep it short and simple. Newspapers vary, but usually letters to the editor should be less than 180 words. Stick to one main point so you don’t get overwhelmed and stuck. Follow the EPIC format to keep it simple.
  3. Respond to an article. Read the newspaper, and look out for anything you can use as a hook to write a letter. Be creative – you’re unlikely to find a ‘perfect’ article to respond to. Find a way to incorporate your message.
  4. Check how to submit. Check the letters page of your newspaper or on their website for submission guidelines. You will need to include your full name, address and phone number.

 

Photo credit: Evelyn Hockstein www.vaccineswork.org

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Information

Fact & Action Sheet – September 2014

Immunisation and Vaccines Information Sheet

Podcast – Fact & Action Call

A.Prof Fiona Russell and Janet Maddock

Tools and Resources

Tips for writing Letters to the Editor