Global Moms in Action: Uchechi Emelogu is Fighting for Moms and Kids


October 24, 2014

Welcome to our new series, Global Moms in Action, where we honor and celebrate moms like you, who are getting involved in solving the worlds big issues. We asked Uchechi Emelogu, a mother and economist in Mississippi a few questions about the great volunteer work she is doing to increase access to vaccines around the world, and champion equality for mothers and a voice for youth.  UchechiWhat’s the cause or issue you’re most passionate about? I also care about equal access to education and opportunities for employment at all levels for women and mothers. The health, wellbeing and education of children is incredibly important to me — I am committed to making sure they receive immunizations to give them a fair start at a healthy life.  We need to invest in young people to help them reach their full potential as individuals, leaders and agents of progress. They have the potential to transform the social and economic fortunes of their communities—the world needs their energy, their participation and their skills! What led you to take up these issue area? I was moved by the number of children that died in Nigeria in 2007 from measles. That led me to become an independent volunteer in rural areas for the World Health Organization (WHO), campaigning for communities to gain access to vaccines. In the same vein, I realized that most women were treated as less than men, and were denied education because of their sex. Can you give us some examples of ways you’ve taken action? I have worked with children in Nigeria to train groups in leadership and community involvement and to advocate for the health rights of young people. I served as a youth advocate for HIV and AIDS through the West African Women Association for seven years, and have volunteered at many organizations, including the Regional and National Focal Points Program, Global Youth Coalition, and the Youth Activist Program. I have been involved with United Nations Population Fund, American Red Cross, World Health Organization, UNICEF and am a Shot@Life Champion. How have you involved your community? As a Shot@Life Champion in the US I have been helping people realize that vaccines are one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in in both developed and developing countries. I have published and been interviewed for various articles in my local paper, the Mississippi Starkville Daily, held meetings with my elected officials, given lectures for community groups and appeared on local radio. Uchechi_2What are your hopes for the future? My inspiration and volunteer work comes from the following Nelson Mandela quote: “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.” I believe that the time to start is now and that everyone can and should do something to make the world a better place. Do you have the vision? Have you got the passion? Then start taking action. The world indeed is hungry for action, not words. Take Action Challenge Today is World Polio Day. With your support, we can #endpolio once and for all. Show your support this #WorldPolioDay – Learn more about Shot@Life’s work here.Group_end_polio

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