So, I admit to being behind in my cultural duty of American motherhood…I have a lot of Oprah episodes on my DVR that I haven’t seen. 

I usually pick and choose the ones that I feel I would be interested in….usually the inspirational/make a difference episodes that give you that nice fuzzy satisfying cry in the afternoon.  If you’re like me and behind on your Oprah-watching.  If you’re totally up to date, than you already are buying Pampers.  Here’s a crib sheet for you on a recent make a difference show:

Today during naptime I tuned into an old episode with Salma Hayek talking about her baby, and was surprised to here about the charity she is involved in.  She is a spokeswoman for an effort with UNICEF and Pampers to eliminate childhood deaths from Tetanus.  I didn’t even realize that this was still an issue, since there is a vaccination for it.  So sad to hear that newborns are dying from this painful disease because it’s passed on during childbirth…and it’s totally preventable! 

Every 3 minutes a child dies from Tetanus.

It kills me how motherhood and new life is so direspected in our world.  How does this still happen? It’s  time to stand alongside opressed mothers in Africa and Asia and help them save their children.  Give them the a little bit of the dream life that you get to live everyday because you live in America.  Share.  All you have to do is change the brand of diapers you are buying.

From April 1 through June 30, 2008, for every specially marked pack of Pampers product purchased in the U.S. and Canada, Pampers will provide UNICEF with funding for one tetanus vaccine for a mother in need worldwide.

The immensely successful program has already helped provide UNICEF with funding for more than 25 million life-saving tetanus vaccines distributed throughout Africa and Asia. The goal for the North American campaign is to provide at least 27 million more vaccines, which would bring the total global donations to more than 50 million vaccines.

Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, explains why providing access to the vaccine is so important,

Childhood immunization is routine in the United States, but each year 140,000 infants and 30,000 women in developing countries die from tetanus – a life threatening, but preventable disease which can be contracted during childbirth. While significant progress has been made – last year Egypt and Zambia marked the elimination of tetanus – the disease is still a threat to women and children in more than 45 countries.:

Pampers may not be the cheapest diapers around, but I choose to spend a little more to save a life.  Look for the Pampers packages that have a UNICEF sticker on them.  Buy ’em up…and feel good everytime you change a dirty diaper…you have saved the life of a precious child and their mother, by providing a vaccine that we take for granted.

What else could be more important in this world than protecting them?

Click here for details about the program from Pampers and UNICEF