Through a unique partnership with the Pan American Health Organization, each $2 donation can purchase six measles vaccines or four vaccines protecting children against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus.
Former UNC basketball player Eric Montross helped found the organization and said it has been a privilege to be a part of the effort.
“Vaccine Ambassadors is like a snowball rolling down a hill that is quickly gaining momentum and speed,” Montross said. “It’s such a simple concept and we believe it’s going to make a difference.”
Sandhills Pediatrics clinic in Southern Pines joined the growing number of clinics supporting the global health initiative without leaving the walls of their practice.
Angela Meadows, who works for Sandhills Pediatrics, said it has received a great response from the community for its participation in the Vaccine Ambassadors program.
“Vaccine Ambassadors is a great program that gives caregivers, parents and children an easy, convenient way to help other children that are in desperate need of vaccinations,” Meadows said. “We have had children that want to donate money that they have saved, and one child even donated her birthday money.”
Sandhills Pediatrics Dr. Christoph Diasio said partnering with Vaccine Ambassadors aligns with their mission to provide the best possible care for children.
“Donating is a simple way to prevent horrible diseases in the developing world,” Diasio said. “It’s a small amount of money, but it can make a huge difference for the price of a cup of coffee.”
Kaufman said that the idea behind Vaccine Ambassadors is that everyone has the opportunity to be a Vaccine Ambassador.
“The enthusiasm can be clearly demonstrated by the number of different groups that are invested in this program,” Kaufman said.
“We all have a child in our life that is precious, whether it be a brother, sister, niece, nephew, neighbor or student. I think that is why it resonates with so many people.”